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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Task Force

The Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force of the Middle District of Florida is a collaboration of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies working together with organizations to detect, investigate, and prosecute all forms of human trafficking, both foreign and domestic, in the Tampa Bay area. Through this multi-agency partnership, members of the task force work together to identify victims, investigate and prosecute these crimes, and support survivors by directing them to victim-centered, trauma-informed services. In 2019, the Department of Justice awarded the St. Petersburg Police Department a $741,556 grant to create the regional human trafficking task force.

Human Trafficking
The task force focuses on three areas:
  1. Education: providing education and training to law enforcement and the public to build awareness.
  2. Rescue: coordinating with support programs and resources to help victims.
  3. Enforcement: implementing technology that makes it easier to collect and share data across jurisdictions. Provide law enforcement support and assist with investigation and prosecution.

The Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force has launched a mobile application through tip411 that allows the public to help fight human trafficking. The free app allows the public to send anonymous tips to law enforcement and communicate in real-time with task force investigators, and is available through both Apple and Google Play app stores. If you believe you have information about a potential trafficking situation in the Tampa Bay area, please send an anonymous tip through the app or text “HTTF” to 847411 along with the information.

For more information about the Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force, please contact Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Thelwell at 813-274-6000.

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