Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez has teamed up with the NFL as a part of the "Stop Sex Trafficking Campaign," a push to prevent potential sex trafficking at the Super Bowl and other upcoming large events in the state of Florida.
"Come Sunday, South Florida will see an influx of visitors as a result of Super Bowl LIV," said Nuñez."With such popular large-scale events, our communities are susceptible to the horrible scourge of human trafficking. Our administration is fully committed to combating this pervasive evil by working with the Department of Health and private sector partnerships to train personnel on ways to identify and support potential victims. Together, we all have a role to play to ensure our communities remain safe."
The "Stop Sex Trafficking Campaign" will educate the public on signs of potential trafficking with visual materials placed in high traffic areas. The NFL, law enforcement, and government agencies, as well as over 300 state and local businesses, have joined forces for this campaign. It will also train hospitality industry employees like flight attendants, hotel concierge, and even gas station attendants and ride-share drivers to identify red flags. 305-FIX-STOP is a local hotline that will handle all reports of human trafficking.
At last year's Super Bowl, in Atlanta, over 160 people were arrested on trafficking charges. This year, Tampa will hold WrestleMania 2020, as well as the 2021 Super Bowl. Florida is currently third in the United States for most human trafficking cases.
For more from Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez on Florida's fight against human trafficking, listen to the podcast of her interview on PM Tampa Bay below.