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Florida AG announces new organization to combat human trafficking

Posted: 6:25 PM, Jan 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-14 18:25:59-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A new statewide organization to help end human trafficking is what Florida officials say will bring awareness right before big events coming to the state of Florida.

The goal of the organization is to bring awareness and provide funding towards an increased effort in putting an end to a national crime that still remains constant to this very day.

"It's National Human Trafficking Awareness Month," said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. "I can think of no better month... to announce the formal name of the direct support organization that is going to help fund and support our statewide task force that is fighting this form of modern day slavery."

Attorney General Ashley Moody and other state representatives announced the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking in efforts to fight an issue that still remains in the United States Tuesday.

With multiple large sporting events coming to the state of Florida this year, Moody says it’s extremely important to raise awareness about human trafficking.

"I think the motivation initially behind this statute when this DSO was created was to help fund our statewide effort," Moody said.

An effort that’s a daily fight for local non-profits like Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC).

"We know that it's happening every single day of the year," said Robin Hessler Thompson, the STAC Executive Director. "So whether it's an increase in the intensity of a certain small area, like where the Super Bowl is, or in general when people are attracted to an area... we know that both sex and labor trafficking is present every single day of the year."

Moody says organizations like STAC will help national industrial organizations put an end to this crime.

"Nonprofits that are specifically missioned to end human trafficking... as well as industry," Moody explained. "You heard me today talk about Uber, the hotel industry, the trucking association, all who have been actively engaged wanting to help, wanting to help educate their members because they've seen the success that when their members know what to look for rescuing victims and bringing the attention to law enforcement what they need to go after."

Bringing that awareness through organizations of all platforms is what Moody says will help reduce the number of victims going forward.