Sex Trafficking

No place to run

Jul 16, 2017
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A new report on how Florida handles young human trafficking victims is receiving mixed reviews.

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Hundreds of cases of human trafficking are reported in Florida every year, and a new report from 2016 shows the number of human trafficking cases in the state doubled in the last year.

The vast majority of trafficked persons in Florida are young women, and sex trafficking is the most common form of human trafficking in the state, according to a report from Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families.

Florida officials say the number of human trafficking cases have increased more than 50 percent in the state from the previous year.

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The National Human Trafficking Resource Center estimates more than 20 million people are enslaved worldwide and that Florida ranks third in the nation when it comes to the number of reported sex trafficking cases.  Victims of human trafficking are children, women and men who are sexually exploited or coerced to work through force or fraud.