As part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently visited Tampa to share the Department’s commitment to working with law enforcement partners to combat the evil of human trafficking in all its forms.
U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez, along with various local, state, and federal law enforcement executives, highlighted recent human trafficking prosecutions in the MDFL.
In 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office, in partnership with numerous agencies, brought charges against individuals for human trafficking where victims, including minors, have been forced to commit commercial sex acts and engage in sex tourism.
While addressing the media, law enforcement, and our non-governmental partner organizations, U.S. Attorney Chapa Lopez discussed the importance of teamwork in identifying and eradicating human trafficking and commended the agencies who provide services to protect and restore victims of this crime. She also reaffirmed the Office's commitment to prosecute human trafficking cases.
Law enforcement partners from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, the St. Petersburg Police Department, the Sarasota Police Department, the Clearwater Police Department, and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office pledged their continued support to investigate these crimes and renewed their commitments to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to combat the evil of human trafficking in all of its forms.
To learn more about the cases hightlighted during the event, please see our press release.