Child Trafficking Prevention
Did you know?
Florida ranks #3 in reported human trafficking cases according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC).
2,247 human trafficking cases concerning minors were reported in Florida in 2017 according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
In 2016, 152 million children were in child labor globally according to the International Labor Office (ILO).
What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking, under both federal and Florida law, is defined as the transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing or obtaining of another person for transport; for the purposes of forced labor, domestic servitude or sexual exploitation using force, fraud and/or coercion. Human trafficking is modern slavery.
There are approximately 30 million people enslaved throughout the world with 2.5 million located right here in the United States.
- Many of these victims are lured with false promises of financial or emotional security; instead, they are forced or coerced into commercial sex (prostitution), domestic servitude or other types of forced labor.
- Any minor under the age of 18 who is induced to perform a commercial sex act is a victim of human trafficking according to U.S. law, regardless of whether there is force, fraud or coercion. Increasingly, criminal organizations, such as gangs, are luring children from local schools into commercial sexual exploitation or trafficking.
- According to the U.S. Department of Justice, every two minutes a child is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation in the United States.
For more information:
For more information about how required Child Trafficking Prevention instruction is being implemented at your child's school, contact school administration.
At home Child Trafficking Prevention Videos and Activities:
Stranger Danger, Help, Help! Video by Pasco County Schools
Stranger Awareness for Kids-Billy to the Bus
Hillsborough County Schools PSA
You Can Stop Human Trafficking
Blue Campaign: What is Human Trafficking?
Child Trafficking Prevention Resources
How to Report
Children and adults can be victims of human trafficking. “If you see something, say something.”
- BeFree Textline Text "BeFree" (233733)
- Florida Abuse Hotline - 1-806-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873)
- Local Law Enforcement - 911
- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children CyberTipline
- National Human Trafficking Hotline - 1-888-373-7888