Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is recruiting companies to train their employees to recognize the signs of human trafficking. Its goal is to train 100,000 people by the end of the year. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, Florida is among the top states for calls to a national hotline to report trafficking.
Police conducted random checks on Tuesday, looking for human trafficking victims on the Florida-Alabama border.
Florida ranks third in the country for calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Only Texas and California have more. Now Attorney General Ashley Moody is asking business to get involved.
“We need partners in the community,” says Moody.
Moody’s calls on companies to train their employees to help them spot the signs… and take action.
“We know firsthand accounts where a truck driver at a rest area knew the signs. was trained on the signs of human trafficking and saved a victim, so we know it will work, ”the attorney general said.
Jeff Jackson is the CEO of PGT Industries, the largest window and door manufacturer in the United States. It is the first company to scale up and train 100 percent of its employees.
“It’s an incredible scourge on society, and in the United States we actually have human trafficking slavery in this economy and this environment,” Jackson said.
Attorney General’s Goal: Train 100,000 People in Florida to Recognize human trafficking this year.
Jackson says once companies are formed, it will be obvious.
“We drove over four point three million miles last year alone. So think about the mileage we drive and the locations we see with just that, ”the CEO told us.
The attorney general said human trafficking was the second illegal activity in the state behind drug trafficking.
If you would like to learn more or take an hour-long training, you can contact the Florida Coalition to End Human Trafficking at www.FloridaAllianceEndHT.com.