Florida Attorney General warns of human trafficking ahead of Tampa Super Bowl
As Tampa braces for one of the most unusual Super Bowls in history, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody warns human trafficking is more of a concern than ever.
The International Labor Organization estimates that there are more than 40 million victims worldwide trapped in the $ 150 billion industry.
Pandemic or not, Moody said, weekends with big events like the Super Bowl generate a lot of that money for those kinds of businesses.
With many planning to travel to Tampa statewide and nationwide for Super Bowl LV, Moody encourages all Floridians to familiarize themselves with ways to detect human trafficking, such as:
Individuals displaying fear, anxiety, paranoia, or reluctance to discuss injuries.
Physical injuries, such as burns, scarring, disorientation, scars, tattoos, etc.
Speak as if you are being coached or someone else is speaking for them.
Suffering from drug addiction, infections or lack of sleep.
According to Moody’s office, during Super Bowl 2020 in Miami, there were 47 arrests on charges related to human trafficking. Twenty-two people were saved from these circumstances.
The City of Tampa has created an awareness campaign called “Don’t Buy It, Tampa Bay” before the big game.
Moody’s office has partnered with Uber, Airbnb and the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association to get their employees to recognize the signs of human trafficking.
In addition to the Tampa Mask Ordinance, a pre-game “enrollment” ordinance was also passed. This ordinance requires strip clubs, adult bookstores and theaters, and other sexually-oriented businesses to post signs providing information – in multiple languages - on how victims of human trafficking can obtain relief. ‘aid.
If these companies do not have these listings, they could be fined up to $ 265.
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