TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Traffick Stop 2019 came to a close Tuesday with a unity march and rally at the Capitol.
It's an annual human trafficking advocacy event hosted by One More Child and other sponsors. The rally Tuesday highlighted the progress made in recent years to better serve sex trafficking victims statewide.
It also called for stronger collaboration between Florida lawmakers, trafficking survivor leaders, and direct service providers. This comes as legislation addressing sex trafficking is being considered during the 2019 legislative session.
"Today we're gathered with providers with legislators with leaders to be able to take a stand at a rally here at the steps of the Capitol. To bring an end to child sex trafficking," said Jerry Haag, President/CEO of One More Child.
Florida ranks third in the nation for the number of trafficking cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Just last month in South Florida, officials busted a massive human trafficking ring, implicating five day spas and dozens of men. Patriots CEO Robert Kraft was arrested in connection with that bust.