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Human Trafficking
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What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. It 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.

Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age. (22 USC § 7102)

Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. (22 USC § 7102)


Where can victims be found

Where HT happens
  • Massage Parlors
  • Factories
  • Construction
  • Farming or Landscaping
  • Fisheries
  • Hotels or Tourism
  • Panhandling
  • Janitorial Services
  • Restaurant Services
  • Adult Establishments
  • Domestic Help (nanny, servant, etc.)

Who is at risk

Who is at risk

Anyone - no matter their age, nationality, race, religion, socio-economic status, education level, sexuality, or gender can become a victim of human trafficking.

However, traffickers often target children and teens who are/have:

  • History of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • Been in foster care or the juvenile justice system
  • Substance abuse or mental health issues
  • Undocumented status
  • Low socio-economic status
  • Lack employment opportunities
  • Unstable home life
  • Runaway or homeless
  • Limited education
  • Suffering from physical and/or mental disabilities

What to watch for

What to watch for
  • Appears scared or nervous, may not make eye contact
  • No knowledge about where they are and why
  • Typically has someone with them at all times, this person may seem controlling
  • Carries multiple hotel keys
  • Signs of branding (tattoos, jewelry)
  • Physical injuries or signs of abuse
  • Has no personal items (cell phone, ID, passport)
  • Not allowed to leave work or residence freely
  • Lies about age/false identification and/or inconsistencies
  • No private space available for victim

Important numbers

Contact Phone Number
2-1-1
Information and Referrals
211
CHILD PROTECTION 1-800-962-2873
COUNSELING (FREE)
Heels to Heal
727-895-5885
INJUNCTION FOR PROTECTION:
Clerk of the Court
727-464-7000
FREE LEGAL AID:
FCASV
1-850-297-2000
FREE LEGAL AID:
Gulfcoast Legal Services
727-821-0726
SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTER:
Suncoast Center Inc
727-821-0726
SHELTERS - Created 813-379-2975
SHELTERS - Family Resources (teens) 727-521-5200
SHELTERS - FL Dream Center (minor boys) 727-851-9074
SHELTERS - Healing Root Ministry 813-949-7495
SHELTERS - Salvation Army (Tampa) 813-549-0641
SHELTERS - Selah Freedom 1-888-837-3363
VICTIM ASSISTANCE (SPPD) 727-892-5280
727-892-5128
VICTIM COMPENSATION 800-226-6667
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