Human Trafficking Awareness

What is Human Trafficking?

  • Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. (Or to put it in simple terms, the modern day practice of slavery.)
  • Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
  • Under international law, any sexually exploited child is considered a trafficking victim, even if no force or coercion is present.
  • An estimated 200,000 American children are at high risk for trafficking into the sex industry each year. The average age of entry into prostitution is 12-13 years old. 
  • It's the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.

sources: Broward Human Trafficking Coalition, www.bhtc.us; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, www.unodc.org 

What are the statistics on Human Trafficking?

Florida Abuse Hotline Trafficking Reports Florida data 2010:  271 Trafficking Allegations

The Florida Abuse Hotline is the first state abuse hotline to accept reports and identify calls specifically alleging child trafficking.  The Florida Abuse Hotline reported during 2010:

  • 406,249 calls were received by the Hotline
  • 271 calls were made alleging Human Trafficking 

Federal prosecutions 2009
114 Individuals charged; 47 convictions in 43 trafficking prosecutions ; (21 labor trafficking, 22 sex trafficking) 
State prosecution data not available
According to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), no statistics are kept for the number of Human Trafficking cases prosecuted for each individual state.  They are also unable to provide the number of individuals indicted in each state or how many victims were involved in each case. 

How did the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale make the decision to vote on this issue?

Our Process

  1. Data collection includes: Two online membership surveys, Community Leaders meeting, JL Neighborhood meeting Q & A, Focus Group roundtable discussion at the January GMM. (August Survey ResultsDecember Survey Results)
  2. Comprehensive research was completed by the Project Development Team of current Broward County resources on all of the SPAC issues.

It was evident by the resources that all areas of SPAC are in need, however, the issue of Human Trafficking stood out as having limited resources for the victims.
 
SPAC Issues

  1. Aging Out of Foster Care Reform: FLITE, (http://flitecenter.org/) current Junior League Legacy Project
  2. Human Trafficking (including SB 202 by Sen. Flores and SB 80 by Sen. Joyner): No Junior League involvement at this time
  3. Family Homeless and Hunger including the eradication of 'food deserts‘
  4. Childhood Fitness and Nutrition Committee

What are possible projects?

  • Legislative Advocacy, Education for our membership and the community, Partnership with other agencies
  • Education: Host a conference open to the community to education and bring awareness. Place informational flyers in local businesses such as nail and hair salons. Create a marketing campaign for awareness. 
  • Prevention: A Mentor Program for young women in the community, and provide resources to utilize.
  • In collaboration with FLITE, host a “Girls Night In” and Educate young women about Human Trafficking and how to get help.
  • Partnership with Susan B Anthony, education etc.

Are other Junior League taking on human trafficking?

Yes. Part of the research the community project committee conducted this year was looking at what other Leagues around the doing to combat human trafficking. Below are just a few examples:

Junior League of Tampa: and more in the news
Junior League of Miami:
Junior League of New Jersey: more in the news 

If you would like more information on human trafficking, please use the websites below for additional information:

Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking
The National Center for Victims of Crime
Florida of Department of Children and Families 

Recently, an independent film that was just released on the subject:

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