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The BOCC Proclaims Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Citrus County


Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Tri-County Human Trafficking Response Team

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on January 23, 2018 proclaiming January as Citrus County Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and is a crime against humanity that violates the most basic human rights. Florida is one of the states with the highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Human trafficking occurs when an adult or child is recruited, harbored, obtained, or exported through force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labor, involuntary servitude, debt bondage and other methods of slavery.

Traffickers find their victims through social networks, in neighborhoods, clubs, the internet and our schools. The Tri-County Human Trafficking Response Team and our local community unites to combat this modern day slavery and brings together non-profits, government, and private sector businesses in prevention, prosecution, education and awareness efforts to restore freedom and dignity to survivors.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes January 2018 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

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