Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tampa, Florida is an Example in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in the United States

It's been mentioned before, but modern slavery is not just a problem in 3rd world countries. It's a problem globally, including the United States. Here are some stats.

  1. Within 48 hours of running away, a child will be contacted by a human trafficker.
  2. In the United States, the average age for girls to enter into prostitution is 12-14 years old.
  3. It's estimated that 14,000 - 16,000+ people are trafficked into the United States each year. That's appx. 1,250 people/month or 41 people/day.
  4. There are over 300,000 slaves in the United Sates today. That's the equivalent of...
  • The total stadium attendance for 10 Major League Baseball games.
  • The number of people attending Disneyland over 9 days.
  • The population of New Orleans, LA.
  • The total number of children attending 500 elementary schools in the USA.
Due to their geographic location and large population, Tampa, Florida has become one of many hot spots for human trafficking in the United States. BUT they are fighting back. The series of videos below are part of their awareness and reporting campaign to stop trafficking.

SHORT DOCUMENTARY: Trafficking in Tampa

PSA #1: Forced Labor in Florida

PSA #2: Forced Labor in Florida

PSA #3: Sex Trafficking in Florida

These are some of my favorite videos to share at abolitionist presentations. They clearly show the impact of trafficking in the United States, how law enforcement is working to combat it and what you can do to help. It's happening here and we should all be aware and on the lookout.

Remember, if you suspect human trafficking is happening in your area, REPORT IT. Simply call or email the national hotline below.

CALL: 1-888-3737-888 (Multi-Lingual)
EMAIL: Report@PolarisProject.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



  1. All of the videos are good. Now to have every state get the PSA's on the airwaves with either the national or a local hotline #.

  2. I thinks that's a great goal to have. A personalized state PSA would be best, but maybe there could be a national PSA with the national hotline tweaked to have state information included to it for each state.

    Maybe there's already a PSA like that available, but I don't know about.