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Human Trafficking
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In January 2020, the Department of Justice awarded a $741,556 grant to the St. Petersburg Police Department for three years to create a regional Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Taskforce. The Taskforce is a collaboration of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, working with organizations that provide services to victims of human trafficking.

Currently there are 23 member agencies in the Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force:

  • United States Attorney 's Office for the Middle District of Florida ("USAO")
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI")
  • United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations ("HSI")
  • Florida Office of the Attorney General - Statewide Prosecutor 's Office ("Statewide Prosecutor ")
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement ("FDLE ")
  • Sheriffs' Offices of Hernando County, Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, and Polk County
  • Police Departments of Bradenton, Clearwater, Dade City, Haines City, Largo, Palmetto, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Temple Terrace, Tampa, Wauchula, and Zephyrhills.

The Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force focuses on three areas.

  1. Education: provide education and training to law enforcement as well as the public to build awareness.
  2. Rescue: coordinate with support programs and resources to help victims.
  3. Enforcement: implement technology that makes it easier to collect and share data across jurisdictions. Provide law enforcement support and assist with investigation and prosecution.

What Is Human Trafficking?

“Human trafficking” is defined as transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing, enticing, maintaining, or obtaining another person for the purpose of exploiting that person for either commercial sex activity or labor or services.

Human Trafficking Tip App

The Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force has launched a new mobile app through tip411 that allows the public to help fight human trafficking. The app allows the public to communicate anonymously and in real-time with Task Force investigators. It’s available for free on both the iTunes and Google Play stores or by clicking on the links below.

“This is one more tool to aid us in ridding our society of the evils of human trafficking. Involving our citizens in our mission, while safeguarding their identities, increases the probability that they will act when they see or hear something suspicious,” said Chief Anthony Holloway, St. Petersburg Police Department.

Get your human trafficking app

ITunes Store

Iphone

This app is available only on the App Store for iPhone.

Google Play

Android phone

For those who don’t want to download the app, they can still send anonymous tips by texting keyword HTTF to tip411 (or 847411), adding a space, typing in their tip information, and hitting send.

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