Human Trafficking Task Force
What is Human Trafficking?
Human transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation. The definition of trafficking consists of three core elements:
- The action of trafficking is the recruitment, transportation,
transfer, harboring or receipt of persons.
- The means of trafficking includes threat of or use of force,
deception, coercion, abuse of power or position of vulnerability.
- The purpose of trafficking is always exploitation. In the words of
the Trafficking Protocol, article 3 “exploitation shall include, at a minimum,
the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual
exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery,
servitude or the removal of organs.”
Our Mission is to educate, engage and empower the community to advocate for an end to human trafficking and provide support to survivors.
Our Vision is to bring an end to human trafficking through awareness to all community members.
Our ministry is a direct response to the Florida Catholic Conference initiative launched in December 2009 to bring awareness to the horrors of slavery which exists today known as Human Trafficking.
What started as the formation of a resource kit to offer methods to bring awareness to the issues surrounding human trafficking has led to the development of a Diocesan task force that is working with community and government task forces throughout the nine counties of the diocese and with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking.