World Human Trafficking Day
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Human trafficking is a problem that exists in every town, every state and every nation worldwide.
It includes sex trafficking, forced labor and indentured servitude and is often misunderstood or ignored.
What many people don't realize is that this crime is happening right in your own neighborhood.
John Rode and Christine Gillman of Global Children's Rescue joined CBS12 This Morning to shed light World Trafficking Day.
Florida had the third-highest number of reported cases in 2016, behind only California and Texas.
According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year of which 80 percent are female and 50 percent are children.
The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children. Rode said human trafficking is a $32 billion industry.
The price of a human trafficked victim can range anywhere from $10,000 and up, depending on how many times the victim is sold and their origin.
The Florida Department of Children and Families counted nearly 1,900 reports of human trafficking statewide in 2016, a 54 percent increase from the previous year.
About 2,100 women in Palm Beach County are being commercially sexually exploited, not including those who are trafficked online.
For more information on Global Children's Rescue, non-profit organization that helps rescue missing children and human trafficked victims visit www.paytoninvestigations.com.