Slavery has been around since the dawn of humankind. The exploitation of another person’s freedom and rights for pleasure or convenience is the cruelest of crimes. God created men and women with inalienable rights, which include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our Founding Fathers had a providential epiphany that has been the bedrock of our great nation.
Floridians today are facing a very real crisis: Human trafficking. This multi-billion dollar business is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery or commercial sexual exploitation. In other words, human trafficking is the business of stealing FREEDOM for profit.
Victims of human trafficking can be women, men and children – any nationality, race and sexual orientation. The statistics of those who are forced into sexual trafficking or labor trafficking are staggering:
- From 2007 to 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received reports of 34,700 sex trafficking cases inside the United States;
- In 2017, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 7 endangered runaways were likely sex trafficking victims;
- Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received reports of more than 7,800 labor trafficking cases inside the United States;
- Florida is the third highest trafficking destination in the country, with half of all trafficking victims under the age of 18
During Super Bowl, there is typically a spike in sex trafficking that is between 5% and 20%, depending on the year (according to Fabiosa.com).
With all the technology and advances in law enforcement, awareness and education, and prevention programs, how is this possible in the 21st century? How and why is it that many people are unaware of what is happening in their own communities? This is a travesty that deserves more than lip service and platitudes of concern.
As a soldier in the army, I fought on foreign soil to protect American’s freedom; as Florida’s Congressman, I will fight just as hard to eradicate this multi-billion-dollar criminal industry.
Many victims only have contact with healthcare professionals. I will work with the Department of Health to make sure all employees know how to identify potential victims, and that all victims receive the care they deserve.
Moreover, I will work with this administration to secure our borders and remove the incentive for traffickers bringing their human capital to America and increase penalties for trafficking. Plus provide law enforcement with all necessary resources to eradicate it from within our borders.
If you believe as I do in protecting human life, join me on this crusade. Let’s make our voices heard and our votes count. Elections have consequences. Let’s make sure on November 3, 2020, those consequences are aimed against those who would perpetuate this heinous crime.
GOD saved me from an abusive Father; I give you my word that I will fight to save others.