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Did You Know?

  • Florida accounts for the third-highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) Hotline. In 2014, 1,428 of the 21,431 phone calls placed to the NHTRC Hotline originated from Florida.

  • Instances of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • According to the Florida Abuse Hotline, 868 calls in 2014 were classified as human trafficking.
  • Hundreds of thousands of US citizen minors are estimated to be at risk of commercial sexual exploitation every year.

  • There are more individuals in slavery today than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade.

  • The US State Department estimates that there are approximately 27 million victims worldwide at any given time.

  • Human trafficking is estimated to be a $32 billion a year international industry. 

  • Trafficking does not require physical force, physical abuse, or physical restraint. Oftentimes traffickers use psychological manipulation or threats of violence to control their victims.

  • Approximately 70% of trafficking victims are female and 50% of trafficking victims are children. 

  • From July 2009 to January 2013, only 3% of suspected human trafficking victims entered the Florida juvenile justice system on prostitution charges. Most enter on battery or theft charges. 

  • Although trafficking insinuates movement, no county, state, or country border must be crossed for an individual to be trafficked.

  • Traffickers often threaten foreign national workers with arrest and deportation and withhold their identification documents.



*Information adapted from “Human Trafficking Cheat Sheet” found at