The Treasure Coast Human Trafficking Coalition, which was formed in late 2009, is working to increase public awareness of human trafficking and to encourage people to report it to law enforcement
Florida is one of the top three destination states in the U.S. for human trafficking, also known as human slavery, and is among the largest-scale criminal industries worldwide, according to a local task force of law officers, public agencies and concerned citizens who are asking for the public's help to identify human traffickers and assist trafficking victims.
Those who want to report human trafficking can do so anonymously and be eligible for cash rewards if the tips lead to arrests by calling Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477.)
Coalition members want to help law agencies, government agencies and private groups work together to increase awareness of human trafficking, report it and provide services to victims.
The coalition's quarterly meetings are open to the public.
Here are the members of the coalition in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties:
Martin County Sheriff's Office, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, Indian River County Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee County Sheriff's, Office, Port St. Lucie Police Department, Fort Pierce Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, State Attorney's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, county health departments, Florida Division of Insurance Fraud, Catholic Chairities, the Salvation Army and concerned professionals.
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