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Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Committee (HTAP)

WCCG members serve the community by volunteering and supporting organizations that provide services to ‘at risk’ youth and victims of human trafficking. The HTAP Committee worksphone online in collaboration with these organizations for the purpose of creating a safe community, and to protect our way of life, by raising public awareness through education and advocacy. Some of the groups HTAP partners with, include: the Office of the State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle; The Woman’s Fund Miami; The Coconut Grove Drug Free Coalition; The Thelma Gibson Health Initiative; The Children’s Trust; Camillus House; The National Council of Jewishasian brides com Women; White Tiger & Dragon Martial Arts; The Superhero Leadership Academy; The Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance; 5000 Role Models, and The South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force.

Members of HTAP remain informed and updated on human trafficking issues by attending forums, lectures, training sessions, workshops, and conferences provided by prominent authorities in the field. We are informed by experts in health and human services, law enforcement, health care providers, and most importantly, by trafficking survivors themselves. The committee has hosted workshops, forums, and a self- empowerment expo for at risk girls. The HTAP committee presents vision board workshops and self- defense classes, as well as presenting speaking engagements to the community at large. In partnership with the St. James Baptist Church of Coconut Grove,essay writers in usa established a summer camp for kids, ages 5 to 13, and are planning to add an after-school program.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Miami Trafficking Statistics:

  • Children as young as 12 years old are being sex trafficked in Miami.
  • The average sex trafficking victim may be forced to have sex up to 20 or more times a day, 7 days a week.
  • 67% of human trafficking victims are local
  • 1 in 7 children run away before the age of 18, and on any given day in Florida we have 30,000 to 40,000 runaways.
  • Within 48 hours of leaving home, 1 in 3 runaways is exploited for sex trafficking or pornography
    (The Women’s Fund Miami)

WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

Human Trafficking involves: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, and provisioning of human beings for the purpose of labor, services, or sexual exploitation by force, fraud or coercion.

The selling of human beings into the sex trade or labor market is the fastest growing crime in the world.
Florida ranks #3 in the nation for trafficking, and Miami is the #1 city in the state for trafficking.

The weeks before and after the annual SUPER BOWL are some of the most lucrative times for traffickers. Victims are trafficked to host cities from all over the country. Volunteers from the HTAP committee participated in The Official Stop Sex Trafficking Campaign of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee.

If you are interested in joining in the fight against human trafficking, please join the HTAP committee. We are the new abolitionists against modern day slavery. The Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention Committee meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 4 pm at the WCCG club house at 2985 South Bayshore Drive

Our committee is funded by donations, and your support is greatly appreciated. Your donation can be processed by Pay Pal.

If you wish to learn more about HTAP and the many ways we serve the community, please contact Co-Chairs:

Agnes Morrell
agnesmorrell@hotmail.com
305-281-6715
Sylvia Heller
sheller@bmi.net
208-451-4434

We are available to give presentations to to any group or individuals who want to learn more about trafficking.

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS:

GET HELP 24/7

Call 211 or Text 898211 for crisis helpline and connections to resources and support.

Call 911 for emergency dispatch and law enforcement

CONTACT

CVAC (The Coordinated Victims Assistance Center) 305-285-5900 / 8 am – 5 pm, M-F Dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking.

FLORIDA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 24/7 HOTLINE CALL 1-800-500-1119 NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE ONLINE CHAT: WWW.THEHOTLINE.ORG

 CALL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINES:

24/7 MIAMI-DADE HOTLINE: 305-350-5567 miamisao.com/services/humantrafficking POLARIS NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE: 888-373-7888 or

text HELP TO 233733 (BeFree).