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PRESIDENT’S M e s s a g e What Exactly is Human Trafficking? With social media and other forms of Sources: direct communication, attempts at human The Florida Department of Children & trafficking can take place anywhere. Families The Palm Beach Post The key to preventing it, the experts say, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is education. Success human trafficking operations thrive on vulnerability, and by educating our children, we can hopefully provide tools to raise awareness on how to protect themselves and avoid falling victim to these crimes. LAW DAY LUNCHEON: Many local schools have formed human trafficking awareness clubs, and several local agencies including the State Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office have formed task forces designed to combat human trafficking. In just one year, 12 men were arrested in Palm Beach County for human trafficking offenses. Human trafficking operations are often found in local hotels and motels, and Rosalyn Sia Baker-Barnes some of the signs may include payment 2017-18 PBCBA President for the room in cash or with a prepaid card, excessive foot traffic in and out of Human Trafficking. By now, we have all the rooms, constant monitoring of people heard these words, but what does human in the rooms, significantly older men with trafficking really mean, and, just how younger women, and short stays with very often is it occurring right here in Palm few possessions, if any. Beach County? Human trafficking is often described as modern-day slavery. Florida In addition to education and task forces, law defines human trafficking as the use of our members can also help to fight human fraud, force or coercion to exploit another trafficking, both in criminal and civil person for sex, labor or domestic servitude. cases, and through community service. Visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Law Day 2018 will focus on just that. Our Security’s website, and you will find several law day luncheon will feature a renowned true stories of victims of human trafficking- human trafficking prosecutor and a victim victimization that often begins with people of human trafficking. Both will give our the victim knows. One example is a 13 year- members insight about the many forms old girl, who was trafficked by the step- of human trafficking, and how we can parent of a school classmate. He gained combat it. A portion of the luncheon her trust through what she thought was a proceeds will benefit The Place of Hope, a “normal” arrangement where she babysat local organization providing safe housing, his younger children, and slowly took support, and care for human trafficking advantage of her, resulting in years of drug victims and their families. We invite you and alcohol addiction, and years of being to join us on May 4, 2018 for our Law Day trafficked to men all over the country. luncheon, and learn more about human trafficking, and how we can help as lawyers Those at highest risk of becoming victims to fight it. of human trafficking are middle and high school students. Here in Florida, the statistics are sobering. Florida is the third- largest state in the country for human trafficking. Many experts in the field believe students are being targeted both at school, and after school, and even during their lunch breaks. PBCBA BAR BULLETIN 4 A DISCUSSION ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING Friday, May 4th 11:45am - 1:00pm Embassy Suites Hotel