Results of a new study detail a shocking rise in the number of people being affected by human trafficking – especially in the state of Florida.
In an NBC News report using research from the National Human Trafficking Hotline – which is run by nonprofit Polaris – 7,500 cases of human trafficking were reported in 2016, up from 5,526 last year.
Florida ranked third across the nation with 550 cases in 2016.
A number of hospitals here in Florida – including Jackson Memorial Hospital – are now requiring health care workers to receive some type of human trafficking training to identify and treat victims.
It’s not just hospitals – a group called Airline Ambassadors is pushing for flight attendants on airlines to be trained to spot signs of the grizzly sex crime. Recently, a flight attendant on Alaska Airlines noticed a scared teenage girl traveling with an older gentleman. She left a note in the bathroom and the girl said she needed help. Police were waiting at the terminal when they landed.
Source: Human Trafficking Numbers on The Rise in Florida, Across America | NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Human-Trafficking-Numbers-on-The-Rise-in-Florida-Across-America-412873453.html#ixzz4b9A3uecY