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The Current State of Human Trafficking

The Current State of Human Trafficking
FBI Participates in Educational Meeting


In a day when slavery seems to be something for history textbooks as a distant chapter of our nation’s past, human trafficking is actually the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world.

FBI Victim Specialist Michelle Thorne and the co-chair of the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition, Michelle Clowe, recently relayed these facts and other information about the current state of human trafficking during a monthly meeting of a women’s organization, held at the University Club in Jacksonville, Florida. As part of the FBI’s continuing effort to educate the community on current issues, the presentation focused on global and national statistics, indicators of human trafficking, and cases prosecuted in the Middle District of Florida. The organization meets monthly to discuss women’s issues, including health, politics, and voting rights.

If anyone suspects a case of human trafficking, they can contact the local FBI office at (904) 248-7000, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500, or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888. For more information on the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition or World Relief of Jacksonville, please contact Michelle Clowe at (904)448-0733.