Human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery. It’s an incredibly lucrative crime, bringing quick, high profits with few start-up costs. Because of this, it has expanded into a huge network, second only to the drug trade. Florida Statutes 787.06 makes human trafficking illegal
Human Trafficking Facts:
• 80% of victims are exploited as sexual slaves, and 21% of them are children. • 17% are trafficked to perform forced labor. Children make up 26% of forced labor. • About 5.5 million child victims at any given time. • Two-thirds of human trafficking victims are women. • Only one out of every 100 victims is ever rescued. • 161 countries are affected by human trafficking, across every continent. • Human trafficking networks generate about $32 billion in revenue a year
Citizens can be aware of certain indicators that a person might be trafficked. Although these indicators are not conclusive, a call to law enforcement can trigger an investigation.
Signs of Human Trafficking may include:
• Does the person work excessively long and/or unusual hours? • Is the person inadequately dressed for the situation or work they do? • Has the person or their family been threatened with harm? • Is the person fearful, timid or submissive? • Has the person been threatened with deportation? • Is the person confused, afraid, or show signs of mental or physical abuse? • Can the person freely contact friends or family? • Is the person allowed to freely socialize or attend religious services?
To increase awareness and bring this problem to the surface, the Quincy Police Department has placed posters and flyers targeting areas where potential victims might frequent. The Police Department also has conducted training for officers on how to respond to a complaint of human trafficking.