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 About Human Trafficking

Did you know that Florida ranks #3 out of all states in the Country for incidents of Human Trafficking?  Did you know that Palm Beach County ranks #3 out of all Counties in the State for suspected cases of Human Trafficking? In fact, Human Trafficking cases in Palm Beach County have included both sex and labor trafficking, both child and adult victims, and both foreign and domestic born.  Unfortunately, many people do not recognize the signs of Human Trafficking and as a result, opportunities to rescue victims and likewise to hold traffickers accountable are missed.  We invite you to learn more about Human Trafficking through our website. By raising our collective awareness, we can more readily identify and help victims of Human Trafficking, more often hold traffickers accountable, and ultimately create a safer community for everyone.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against a person's will.  Human trafficking affects every community in the United States across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.  Simply put, anyone can be a victim of human trafficking.  Not only are victims trafficked in other countries, they are also our children, our teenagers, and our young adults.  Knowledge is power and together we can raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking to help victims and stop traffickers.

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Palm Beach County Victim Services and Certified Rape Crisis Center Provides Special Events

During Human Trafficking Prevention Month 

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  Awareness is important because Palm Beach County ranks third in the state, and Florida ranks third in the nation for incidents of human trafficking.

Palm Beach County Victim Services, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches, have collaborated to heighten awareness about human trafficking through a variety of events during January.  Some of the events include “Red Sand Project,” and “Wear Blue Day,” on Jan. 11, 2022 and virtual trainings for the community. To see the full schedule of events, visit https://fb.me/e/2iD3L6IQC

Palm Beach County Victim Services and Certified Rape Crisis Center victim advocates are available 24/7 to respond to victims of Human Trafficking and other violent crimes. Helpline staff are also available to provide immediate support. For assistance, please call the Helpline at 561-833-7273.

For more information on the schedule of events, contact Jacqueline Jackson at Jjackson4@pbcgov.org.

Contact Us

Division Director:
Nicole A. Bishop
Main Office-Central Courthouse:
205 N. Dixie, Suite 5.1100, 5th floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone:
(561) 355-2418 Option 3

24 Hour Human Trafficking Hotline

1-888-373-7888

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