Committee members serve the community by volunteering and supporting organizations who provide services to at-risk youth and victims of human trafficking. Working in collaboration with these organizations , we help raise public awareness through education and advocacy.
Some of the groups HTAP partners with include: the Office of the State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle; The South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force; The Coconut Grove Drug Free Coalition; The Thelma Gibson Health Initiative; The Children’s Trust; White Tiger & Dragon Martial Arts and Camillus House.
We proudly support: The Glory House of Miami; Embrace; Lotus House; Urban Promise; Casa Valentina; M.U.J.E.R.; Kristi House Project Gold and the St. James Baptist Church of Coconut Grove Summer Camp for Kids.
Members of HTAP remain informed and updated on human trafficking issues through various continuing educational opportunities provided by experts in health and human services, law enforcement, health care providers, and most importantly, by trafficking survivors themselves.
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Human trafficking is transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing, or obtaining of another person for forced labor, debt bondage, or sexual exploitation using force, fraud or coercion. In the state of Florida for children under the age of 18, it is not necessary to prove sex trafficking has occurred because the victim is below the age of consent.
The buying and selling of human beings into the sex trade or labor market is the fastest growing crime in the world second only to drug trafficking.
There are 25 million victims of human slavery globally, with 1.5 million in the U.S. Sex trafficking is the most common and lucrative form of exploitation.
Florida ranks #3 in the nation for trafficking, and Miami is the #1 city in the state. Texas and California rank #1 and #2 in the nation.
In the U.S., 85% of sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens. Of that, 80% are women and girls, and 50% are minors.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINES
IN MIAMI TEXT OR CALL: 305FIXSTOP
NATIONAL USA TEXT: BEFREE (233733) OR CALL 1-888-373-7888
HTAP meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 4 pm at the WCCG club house at 2985 South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove. Please note regular meetings have been temporarily suspended due to Covid19.
Our committee is funded by donations, and your support is greatly appreciated. Your donation can be processed by PayPal. Thank you,
For more information, or if you wish to join our committee, please contact the co-chairs:
|Agnes Morrell Sylvia Heller
January 7, 2021 @ 1 p.m. a Zoom presentation on human trafficking will be available. Further detail TBA.
FOR A FULL LIST OF SIGNS AND MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
www.miamisao.com (click on Services then Human Trafficking)
In Our Backyard by Nita Belles
Stolen by survivor Katrina Rosenblatt, Ph.D
Groomed by Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good
Video: LEAVING THE LIFE by JoNell Potter,
Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecologist
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
LOOK FOR RED FLAGS