January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The presidential proclamation serves, in part, to remind us that 150 years after our nation abolished the practice of legally enslaving others, the cruel practice exists today in the form of forced labor and sex trafficking.
This modern-day form of slavery continues in our own back yard in South Florida. In an effort to combat this problem, in 2007, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Florida’s Southern District created a specialized section to handle these cases. Since then, our office has achieved remarkable success working with federal and state agencies to increase the number and impact of human-trafficking prosecutions: More than 50 cases and 89 offenders have faced federal charges since the unit was created.… Seguir leyendo »