Protect Our Children from Human Trafficking
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Modern-day slavery has made its devastating mark in our nation and Florida is no exception. Being ranked 3rd in the nation, we must not be silent and continue to ignore this problem. Take note of the words of a human trafficking survivor, “The men who buy us, we are like meat. To everybody else in society, we simply do not exist” (Trafficking in Persons Report, 2015).
According to the Florida Department of Children and Families Annual Human Trafficking Report December 2016, human trafficking cases have been on the rise since 2010. During federal fiscal year (FFY) 2015-16, the Florida Abuse Hotline received 1,892 alleged human trafficking reports, which is an increase of 54.45% from FFY 2014-15, and last fiscal year, 1,382 were identified as victims of human trafficking in the state of Florida (Florida Department of Children and Families, 2016).
In Florida Legislature, Representative Ross Spano and Senator Greg Steube are sponsoring Bills HB665 and SB286: Human Trafficking Education in Schools, which will "revise the required health education in public schools to include information regarding the dangers and signs of human trafficking" (Florida Senate, 2017).
Human trafficking is an extremely well-organized crime, and in order for us to combat slavery as it exists today, we need to be united and work together. One person cannot do it all, but every one of us can do something.
Join me in signing this petition today in support of Bills HB665 and SB286, which adds Human Trafficking Education to a portion of the health class curriculum in 7-12th grade classes. Prevention efforts are needed to safeguard our children; therefore, do not delay and call your Florida representatives and senators and ask them to support Bills HB665 and SB286.
If you suspect an adult is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. If you suspect a child is a victim in the state of Florida, call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.
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