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Boys Town Central Florida Attends Human Trafficking Awareness Day

For the fifth year Boys Town Central Florida participated in the 7th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola on Saturday, Jan. 24. This event is the largest community-wide effort in Central Florida to address modern-day slavery and the sexual exploitation and forced labor of children, women and men.

With over 8,000 attendees and 100 booths set up with agencies and non-profits supporting the cause, Boys Town Central Florida focused on outreach in their booth and handed out flyers and printed materials to attendees. The Human Trafficking Awareness Day event is an important cause Boys Town Central Florida continues to support since victims have been admitted to Boys Town shelter in the past. Boys Town strives to raise awareness on important missions throughout the community and join forces within the community to protect families.

“Boys Town Central Florida is proud to take part in such an important cause in their community,” said Kristi Castaneda, Director of Program Support Services, Boys Town Central Florida. “Florida is ranked third, behind California and New York for human trafficking activity and it is important that we raise awareness to a large problem that is right in our backyard. Boys Town strives to be a contributing community leader and supporter.”

The Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force (GOHTTF), in partnership with Florida Abolitionist, hosted the 7th Annual Event. GOHTTF is a network of governmental and non-governmental agencies working together to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking in Central Florida. GOHTTF’s goal is to send a strong message to the citizens of Central Florida and exploitation of children, women and men will not be tolerated.

The GOHTTF states the following statistics:

  • Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of persons through use of force, fraud or coercion for commercial sex and/or forced labor.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that many of the nation’s missing and exploited children are victims of this horrible crime.
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children states that at least 2,200 children are reported missing daily in the United States. These children are at a high risk of becoming victims of predators.