Florida is one of the top three Human Trafficking Destinations in the U.S because…
There’s a large number of immigrants. An influx of visitors. Runaway minors. Military bases. Hotel and service industries. Agriculture’s need for cheap labor. Transient male population. Tourism.
Florida’s large agricultural economy and immigrant population makes it a prime environment for forced labor. Labor conditions for farm workers are poor, and both legal and undocumented immigrants have been forced into labor trafficking via the agricultural industry. According to many scholars, labor trafficking is considered more present in Florida as compared to sex trafficking. Along with the agricultural sector, tourism and the hospitality industries also add to the amount of forced labor in the state. Unregulated temporary employment agencies are typically the actors responsible for this trafficking.
Miami specifically is a big hub for human trafficking because the city attracts travelers from around the world. There is a constant influx of people into Miami for entertainment, vacation, and sporting events, so victims are consistently present to serve these people. The climate also makes Miami a hub for runaways and illegal business.
The local government of Miami has seen an unfortunate prevalence of human trafficking in their city; therefore, the Miami-Dade County Commission on February 2 gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Sally A. Heyman to crack down on human trafficking by enforcing a recently adopted state law imposing a $500 fine on businesses that fail to post human trafficking public awareness signs at adult entertainment and certain massage or bodywork services establishments.
Along with these changes in legislation, the International Human Trafficking Institute plans to guide Miami and Florida in addressing their regional issues with human trafficking. Florida claims to be a Zero-Tolerance state, but a lot needs to be implemented in the state to make a significant difference.
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