Councilwoman Christa Tanner read the proclamation setting aside the month of January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking and educating the public about how to identify and prevent this crime.
Human trafficking is a horrific assault on human dignity that affects people in the United States and around the world. It tears apart communities, fuels criminal activity, and threatens the national security of the United States. During National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, The City of Brooksville, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hernando County, and the Nature Coast Human Trafficking Task Force reaffirms our commitment to eradicate this abhorrent evil, to support victims and survivors, and to hold traffickers accountable for their heinous crimes. Tragically, through force, fraud, and coercion, human traffickers deprive millions of victims of their unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Often referred to as “modern slavery,” this intolerable blight on society involves exploitation for labor or sex and affects people of all ages, genders, races, religions, and nationalities.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hernando County and the Nature Coast Human Trafficking Task Force, remain focused on ensuring that survivors of these horrific crimes receive the care and support they need and deserve. Our local community unites to combat this “modern day slavery” and brings together federal and local law enforcement, non-profits, government, and private sector businesses to provide survivors with vital services, including medical and counseling services, safety planning, educational opportunities, and vocational training in Hernando County.
There are estimated to be more than 24.9 million people — adults and children — subjected to human trafficking around the world, including in the United States. Traffickers often take advantage of instability caused by natural disasters, conflict, or a pandemic to exploit others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, traffickers are continuing to perpetrate the crime, finding ways to innovate and capitalize on the chaos.
The Brooksville City Council recognizes the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hernando County and the Nature Coast Human Trafficking Task Force for their continued efforts to promote awareness of this heinous crime. The Brooksville City Council calls upon the people of the City of Brooksville to recognize this month and the vital role everyone can play in combating all forms of human trafficking.
For more information on this proclamation contact the Brooksville City Clerk at 352-540-3710 or for more information on Human Trafficking visit at https://www.state.gov/national-human-trafficking-prevention-month.