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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

“The scourge of human trafficking is the modern-day equivalent of slavery, brutally depriving victims of basic human rights and essential physical needs as it erodes their sense of dignity and self-worth….The Department of Justice is relentless in its fight against the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Working with state and local law enforcement and community victim service providers, we will continue to bring these criminals to justice and deliver critical aid to survivors.” - Attorney General William P. Barr. 

Human Trafficking Task Force

Human Trafficking

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.

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.

For more information about the Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force, please contact Assistant United States Attorney Mandy Riedel or Victim Coordinator Chris Griffiths at 813-274-6000.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons or modern-day slavery, is a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in commercial sex acts.  The coercion can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological.  Exploitation of a minor for commercial sex is human trafficking, regardless of whether any form of force, fraud, or coercion was used.

 

If you believe you have information about a potential trafficking situation call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or visit https://humantraffickinghotline.org/  

 

Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous. Interpreters are available. The information you provide will be reviewed by the National Hotline and forwarded to specialized law enforcement and/or service providers where appropriate. 

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