September 19, 2017, Orlando, FL
Have you ever wondered, “How bad is human trafficking in my city?”
When asked about Orlando, we always reply, “It’s bad, very bad.” Every day we assist victims of human trafficking and hear their stories. We know how many people FA serves but how does this compare to other cities? Is it worse here? We have not been able to answer that question with factual data until now.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline released a new report comparing the number of human trafficking calls across the 100 most populous cities in the United States.
Orlando ranked 3rd in the country for the number of human trafficking calls per capita. While there may be other cities with more calls to the hotline, those cities are larger than Orlando. This means it is likely that a larger percentage of our population is being trafficked than in most cities.
The report also stated that Orlando ranks #20 for the total number of calls to the hotline for human trafficking.
It breaks our hearts to see so many lives ruined by human trafficking. Florida Abolitionist exists to change that. On the other hand, we are encouraged that so many people know what to do when they encounter suspicious activity. The fact that there are so many calls to the hotline is evidence of 2 things:
- Human Trafficking is a big problem in Orlando
- Orlando is aware of the problem and is responding by calling the Hotline
As a city, Orlando should be encouraged and discouraged. We should be reassured because trafficking activity is not overlooked. People are taking action to reach out for help. However, the fact that so many people need help is heartbreaking. Orlando is a wonderful city – the City Beautiful – and as a city we must come together to ensure that evil like this does not continue to thrive.
One step towards this goal is following great leadership. Our city leaders are coming together to proclaim an end to human trafficking on September 28 at 10 am at Orlando City Hall. Join us for this historic event!
by Blair Pippin
Creative & Prevention Director • Florida Abolitionist