"Human trafficking strips people of their dignity and deprives them of their most basic human rights,"
-Attorney General Pam Bondi
Welcome to YouCanStopHT.com! This site has been developed as a tool to help us all learn how to spot human trafficking and how to report it. Victims of this horrendous crime are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. By knowing the signs of human trafficking and how to report it, you have the ability to save a life and free someone from a life of demoralization, violence and abuse.
What is Human Trafficking
Today, modern day slavery exists in the form of human trafficking which encompasses both commercial sex trafficking and labor trafficking. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that there are over 20 million victims of human trafficking worldwide and that the global human trafficking market is a $150 billion a year industry.
Florida law defines human trafficking as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjugation to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, slavery or a commercial sex act. Force is physical violence which may include imprisonment, torture, rapes, starvations, murder or beatings. Fraud occurs when there are deceptive offers of employment, marriage or a better life. Coercion are threats of force, schemes, plans or patterns intended to cause a failure to perform an act and make them believe that failure to perform that act would result in ‘force,’ document confiscation, abuse or threatened about of the legal system, or threats to safety of family in source country. Florida’s statute on human trafficking further provides that coercion means providing a controlled substance to any person for the purpose of exploitation of that person.
Activities for which people are trafficked include both legal and illicit industries consisting of, but not limited to, the following: prostitution, exotic dancing, agriculture work, domestic work, child care, factory work, commercial cleaning, restaurant work, construction work, hospitality, health and elder care, salon services, criminal activities, day labor and door-to-door sales.
How You Can Help
Please take a minute to look over the site. We have included an infographic on the right-hand side of the page that lists some of the common signs of human trafficking and how to report suspicious activity to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, the Department of Justice Hotline and the Florida Abuse Hotline. We have also included contacts for local law enforcement just below the infographic as well as links to more information on human trafficking and what we are doing in Florida to combat this horrible crime.
We would like to encourage everyone to print out the infographic, keep one for yourself and share it with others. Please tell your friends and family about YouCanStopHT.com. Everyone can do their part to end HT. Join us in this fight to stop human trafficking in Florida and around the world.