South Florida: Gateway for Human Trafficking

February 2, 2012

Human trafficking, a $36 billion industry, is defined as the recruitment and harboring of a person for labor or services through force, fraud or coercion. South Florida is ranked as one of the top entry points in the United States for foreign human trafficking victims, commonly cited along with New York and California as being one of the top three destinations for trafficking victims in the United States.

South Florida’s tourist driven economy, high profile events and seaports, make it an attractive place for human traffickers. They lure individuals with the promise of money and a better life and then forcefully put them to work in restaurants, hotels or in the sex industry. They are treated with no regard, respect or compassion. Poor living conditions, poor health and little to no pay are usually the end results. It’s a serious business and it can be happening in your neighborhood.

What is being done to stop this? Who are the key players and organizations taking action? Come find out at the Tower Forum’s February 2nd breakfast discussion!

Sponsor: Broward Health

Speakers:

Hon. Al Lamberti, Sheriff of Broward County. Mr. Lamberti has been Sheriff of Broward County since 2007.

John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Miami Division. In his extensive and varied career investigating a myriad of crimes, he had been assigned to FBI Headquarters as the Section Chief of the violent crimes section of the Criminal Investigative Division, with responsibility for violent crimes, crimes against children, crimes in Indian Country, special jurisdiction crimes, and transportation crimes.

Carmen Pino, Assistant Special Agent, ICE Homeland Security.  The ICE (U.S. Immigrations & Customs Enforcement) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.