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In observance of International Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle hosted her Second Annual Community Forum on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, entitled Human Trafficking: Building the Infrastructure to Combat Modern Day Slavery.

According to the United Nations, at any given time throughout the world there are millions of people unwillingly involved in forced labor and the illicit sex trade. Although Human Trafficking is often portrayed as a broad national or international problem, the reality is that many of the victims of Human Trafficking reside within our communities. It is estimated that the Human Trafficking industry earns some $32 billion dollars annually worldwide.

Knowledge and understanding are the sharpest, most dependable tools in the fight against human trafficking, commented Miami-Dade-State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. The more we know and understand, the better we can effectively combat these awful crimes. This forum brings community leaders, service providers and local, state and national law enforcement agencies together to propose solutions in our continuing mission to curb a crime that affects so many young and promising lives.

The forum, held at the main Office of the State Attorney in Miami, was the brainchild of State Attorney Fernandez Rundle and is aimed at tackling instances of Human Trafficking in Miami-Dade County and South Florida. Through better awareness and legislation, it is the State Attorney`s hope that the victims of Human Trafficking can be more readily identified and the perpetrators prosecuted.


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