Regardless of party affiliation, members of the Florida Congressional Delegation met this past Wednesday morning to discuss the best way to go about eradicating Human Trafficking. U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Vern Buchanan hosted a bipartisan meeting this week for Florida’s 29-member congressional delegation to further discuss the horrors of human trafficking.
— Rep. Vern Buchanan (@VernBuchanan) June 28, 2017
Children account for at least half the cases of human trafficking, a crime that involves abduction, exploitation, and often forced labor.
Human trafficking is a crime in which the victim is abducted or recruited for sexual exploitation. According to government studies, cases of human trafficking of all ages in the State of Florida have jumped to 54 percent.
In a quote from Rep. Buchanan’s website, she said, “Human trafficking is a vile and monstrous crime against women and children,” She then continued to say that “Unfortunately, Florida is a hub for human trafficking and that’s why our delegation needs to work together.”
Congressman Alcee Hastings has a quote on his website that says, “Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and the United States is one of the top destinations in the world for trafficked victims. As a senior member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), I am well aware of the scope of this tragedy and continue to support global efforts to combat trafficking in persons (TIP).”
The Florida Delegation is meeting with experts this morning to discuss Human Trafficking in our state. pic.twitter.com/oqz9I40h6d
— Alcee L. Hastings (@RepHastingsFL) June 28, 2017