Helping to bring justice
After a Catch the Wave of Hope community awareness event, one board member received a tip from someone who had attended the event reporting what was previously believed to be suspicious behavior. But after the awareness event, it now was recognized as sex-trafficking. This tip was turned into law enforcement and resulted in a trafficking home being busted by local law enforcement. That home was tied to a larger home that was then closed down in Riviera Beach.
The awareness and education has also resulted in students self-identifying as victims of sex trafficking and receiving resources to report it and get help. Catch the Wave of Hope education and awareness events in schools and for at risk youth have also resulted in students reporting cases of friends or family members being trafficked.
More children in Florida were victims of commercial sexual exploitation in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a recent case study. State officials say the number of verified cases of children being forced into the sex trade might be because of increased public awareness about the issues of human trafficking, which some have described as modern-day slavery.
Read the Palm Beach Post article →
Our programs, presentations and community events help bring awareness about this horrible epidemic.
Mobilizing our community
Catch the Wave of Hope reaches out to civic and non-profit organizations, law enforcement, government, chambers of commerce, churches, synagogues and businesses to join together and stand up to protect the community. We create events, gatherings and programs to unite efforts that focus on ending human trafficking.