Eastern Florida State In Cocoa To Host Human Trafficking Symposium Monday
By Space Coast Daily // January 11, 2016
Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa will host a symposium Monday on combating human trafficking from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center in observance of Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
The event will bring together local experts in the field to discuss Florida’s efforts in the fight against trafficking to gain local insight on effective strategies to prevent human trafficking and to inform the public on how to engage in combating this growing problem.
Executive orders signed by President George Bush and President Barak Obama made January 11 the National Day of Observation that coincides with the Global Observance Day.
More than 30 million people are Trafficked for sex globally each year, 3 million of those are children and 200,000 of those children are in the U.S.
This makes the United States the world’s #1 sex tourism destination.
Greg Pallone from Channel 13 News will moderate the main discussion panel.
“Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery that enables criminals who both traffic and exploit individuals, including many young girls, to make a huge profit. Few things are crueler in our society and we have a moral obligation to end it,” said Congressman Bill Posey.
“There are many in our community who are actively engaged in fighting human trafficking and meeting the needs of victims. This symposium is an opportunity for residents in our community to gain a better understanding of human trafficking issues and how we can work together to put an end to these heinous crimes.”
ABOVE VIDEO: Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa will host a symposium Monday on combating human trafficking from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center in observance of Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center is located at 519 Clearlake Road in Cocoa.