TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Attorney General Pam Bondi, with Terry Coonan of Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, today hosted the first anti-human trafficking workshop for businesses. Attorney General Bondi discussed the importance of engaging the business community in the effort to stop human trafficking. In 2011, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center ranked Florida third in the number of calls received by the center’s human trafficking hotline, and businesses are uniquely positioned to combat human trafficking in that they can serve as the eyes and ears throughout Florida to help recognize the signs of human trafficking and report it.
“It is essential that businesses are aware of the signs of human trafficking and educate themselves on how to prevent this horrific crime,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “We have developed an online toolkit that contains this information along with additional information to help businesses create policies and internal training sessions to end human trafficking.”
Attorney General Bondi has partnered with businesses in industries ranging from restaurants and lodging and from trucking and to retail. She has provided a toolkit, consisting of educational material intended to help businesses create and implement their own zero-tolerance human trafficking plans. She will continue to meet with businesses throughout Florida to discuss how these plans can be developed and implemented. To view Attorney General Bondi’s Zero-Tolerance for Human Trafficking Toolkit for businesses, follow this link:http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/E863E5D0B236C60285257B6400536E54