Skip Global navigation and goto content

Human Trafficking Awareness

Florida Department of Health in Monroe County

If you encountered a victim of human trafficking, would you know? Anyone in your neighborhood, congregation or community can be a victim of sex or labor trafficking. Victims may be restricted from leaving their location, or may not be receiving fair pay for their work. Look beneath the surface. Visit Look Beneath the Surface or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

In support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11, the Florida Department of Health is highlighting the important role that health care providers play in identifying and helping victims of human trafficking, many of whom are minors. It is estimated that more than 20 million men, women and children around the world are victims of human trafficking. Statistics rank Florida as the third highest trafficking destination in the country, with half of all trafficking victims under the age of 18.

What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining, by any means, a person for labor or services involving forced labor, slavery or servitude in any industry, such as forced or coerced participation in agriculture, prostitution, manufacturing, or other industries or in domestic service or marriage (Freedom Network, based on the federal criminal law definitions of trafficking).



  • If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of a child in Florida contact:  Florida Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).
  • If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of an adult anywhere in the United States or of a child outside of Florida, please contact: 
    National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888.
  • Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE):  To get help for victims and survivors of human trafficking or to connect with local services.
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline
  • For information and tools to help raise awareness, visit the Office of Trafficking in Persons Resource page. 
National Human Trafficking Hotline:
1-888-373-7888; Text 233733