Collier County raising awareness during Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Florida consistently ranks near the top of the list when it comes to the most cases. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex through force, fraud, or coercion.
In 2020, Florida had 738 human trafficking cases reported. The number of reports have grown significantly each year. Though it is a seemingly bad thing to have increased reports, it also means that more cases are being reported. Human trafficking crimes often go unreported.
Victims are often deceived by false promises and forced, lured, or blackmailed into working in undesirable situations with little or no pay. Victims can be in plain view or hidden behind closed doors.
We explore what role the health department in Collier County plays in raising awareness about this issue to help combat it, and increase the public’s understanding about what to look for in hopes of uncovering cases of human trafficking.
- Kristine Hollingsworth, Assistant to the Administrator/Public Information Officer (PIO), Florida Department of Health in Collier County