Human Trafficking is right here in our own back yard.
Victims could be anyone – your son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew, neighbor.
Florida ranks 3rd in the country for number of human trafficking cases.
Behind California (#1) and Texas (#2)
Available Safe Houses and Safe Foster Homes
In FFY 2015-16, there were four safe houses available with a total of 20 beds. There were over 240 children that needed to be placed. All of the safe houses are gender-specific and serve only females. Although the number of identified child victims of human trafficking is higher than the number of beds available in safe houses, these beds may not be filled at all times because decisions to place an individual child are based on the existing make-up of residents and the individual’s specific needs. The complexity of the residents’ needs may limit the number of children a safe home takes at any given time. Often, there is a desire to not introduce too many new children into a home at any given time, to ensure good assimilation of the children into the program and staff engagement with the existing children. Each facility has its own intake and assessment process, and ultimately, determines the appropriateness of that child for that specific placement.