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. The goal is to raise awareness for those affected by Human Trafficking. It is also an opportunity to educate the community on how to recognize indicators of human trafficking.

The public is invited to attend the Red Sand Event, a “day of action,” on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Palm Beach County Public Safety Department’s Victim Services SART Center located at 4210 North Australian Ave. in West Palm Beach. Participants will be filling sidewalk cracks with red sand to highlight the ways people are vulnerable to exploitation. Those interested can also participate at other locations on that day by taking photos and videos of sidewalk transformation and posting them to social media using hashtags #RedSandProject, #Humantraffickingawareness, #PBSO, #PBCVS.

To see the full schedule of events, visit https://fb.me/e/2jRQiOXK2.  For more information, contact Jacqueline Fernandez at Jfernand@pbcgov.org.
Palm Beach County Victim Services and Certified Rape Crisis Center victim advocates are available 24/7 to respond to victims of violent crimes. Helpline staff are also available for immediate support. For assistance, please contact the helpline at 561-833-7273.

Contact Us

Division Director:
Nicole A. Bishop
Main Office-Central Courthouse:
205 N. Dixie, Suite 5.1100, 5th floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 355-2418 Option 3
(561) 233-2595

SART Center
(561) 624-6643

24 Hour Human Trafficking Hotline



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