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New partnership hopes to put a stop to human trafficking in Leon County

Posted at 6:28 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 18:28:09-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A new partnership with a Tallahassee group hopes to crack down and keep people safe.

Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center offers direct support to survivors along with providing assistance with housing and counseling.

Now, they will be partnering with Leon County and law enforcement to help teach people in the hospitality industry how to spot human trafficking.

The group tells ABC-27 it should be a community-wide effort.

"Everybody in the community really has a role to play in identifying and understanding what trafficking is," said Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center Executive Director Robin Hassler Thompson. "There are so many myths and misconceptions on what trafficking is. For example, we don't have a solid ground like other communities do on labor trafficking."

Another part of the agenda item approved by the commission requires county contracts to have a clause that says anytime taxpayer funds are used, they do not use trafficked labor.