Newly formed task force combats human trafficking, child sex exploitation in Northeast Florida
In 2022 there were 2,300 child exploitation and human trafficking cases across Northeast Florida. Now, law enforcement officials from five local counties, FDLE, the Department of Homeland Security and the Tim Tebow Foundation are partnering together to put a stop to it.
Law enforcement stresses importance of recognizing signs of human trafficking
Human trafficking can happen anywhere and to anyone — that was the message Tuesday morning from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and the FBI during a news conference in recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Clay County jail inmate served a warrant for attempted murder and human trafficking in Duval County
A 29-year-old jail inmate in Clay County was served a warrant Wednesday for attempted murder and human trafficking charges out of Duval County. Zakariya Clarke has been in jail in Clay County since his arrest in December 2020 for possession of a weapon, burglary and attempted murder.
Former Jaguars kicker Mike Hollis holding kicking camp for girls as anti-sex trafficking fundraiser
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Jaguars kicker Mike Hollis has coached some girls kickers in the past, but he’s never put on a kicking camp exclusively for girls and women. Saturday and Sunday, he’ll do just that with a camp that will raise money for the Demp Project to fight sex trafficking in the Jacksonville area. Hollis kicked for the Jaguars from 1995-2001, then finished his career with one season in Buffalo. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Demp Project, a Jacksonville-based church-based non-profit that fights sex trafficking. They go into strip clubs and adult entertainment establishments to help rescue girls and women who have been forced into the sex trade.
Women held captive, sold as sex slaves in Jacksonville
The details are disturbing and these are just a few allegations of sex trade from open cases in Jacksonville. It’s actually creating more damage.”Tara Madison is a sex trafficking survivor who now works to prevent future cases. “A large number of the sex trafficking victims that we have been working over the last 10 years, unfortunately, they are deceased,” Goodman said. If you are a human trafficking victim or have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733. ResourcesFBI Human Trafficking Task Force: https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/human-traffickingRecognizing the signs of human trafficking: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-signs
Florida attorney general warns of human trafficking ahead of Tampa Super Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, the site of NFL football Super Bowl LV, is shown Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)As Tampa gears up for one of the most unusual Super Bowls in history, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody warns human trafficking is as big of a concern as ever. Pandemic or not, Moody said, weekends with big events like the Super Bowl generate a lot of that money for those kinds of businesses. According to Moody’s office, during the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami, there were 47 arrests for human trafficking-related charges. AdMoody’s office teamed up with Uber, Airbnb and the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association to get their workers to recognize the signs of human trafficking.
Nearly 200 arrested in Florida human trafficking investigation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – An investigation into human trafficking over the past two years has led to the arrests of nearly 200 people on criminal charges ranging from solicitation of prostitution to human trafficking of a minor, the Tallahassee Police Department announced Tuesday. Authorities said human trafficking of minors involves children being manipulated or exploited into some type of work or sexual acts. In 2019,1,887 victims, 427 traffickers and 243 trafficking businesses were identified in Florida by the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Today, the Tallahassee Police Department is concluding a large-scale human trafficking investigation. Posted by City of Tallahassee Police Department on Tuesday, November 17, 2020Ways to recognize human trafficking victims:- They appear to be underfed.
Department of Justice Joins Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers for Human Trafficking Roundtable
The Department of Justice today joined the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) and federal and local law enforcement officials at a roundtable to discuss the challenges posed by human traffickers. They and their counterparts from across the nation are among the first to take part in FLETCs human trafficking training program. Prosecutions led by the Southern District of Georgias Human Trafficking Task Force, spearheaded by the U.S. Attorneys Office, have freed at least 39 human trafficking victims. About the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers:FLETC trains the majority of federal law enforcement officers and agents in the United States. FLETC graduates approximately 70,000 students annually and is the largest law enforcement training organization in the country.justice.gov