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“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
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:
- Education: providing education and training to law enforcement and the public to build awareness.
- Rescue: coordinating with support programs and resources to help victims.
- 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.