A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report said a "weather-related incident" was to blame for the boys' disappearance. When they were caught, they were tortured. Still, she made her own attempts. Today, Smith serves as a board member and mentor at Hepzibah House, sharing her story to raise awareness and to bring hope to the hopeless. One expert estimates that if you live in Palm Beach County, you likely live within 10 miles of a modern-day slave. To report suspected human trafficking of a child or an adult anywhere in the United States outside of Florida:. Searchers were using helicopter, boat and airplane, and local authorities and the USS Carney also joined the efforts to locate the boys.
Dymond estimates through research that 3, women and girls are being trafficked for sex in the Palm Beaches.
Human Trafficking in South Florida: What You Need to Know
Worldwide each year 4. When Castillo hoisted the suitcase over a wall of the compound where they were staying, Louvia started crying loudly. Ditching the drugs and alcohol had a bonus effect. Sixty-seven percent of people trafficked for labor in the country go undocumented. And then there are the victims—drawn from all genders, races and walks of life. Castillo and a fellow captive—a woman who had been taken from her home in Cuba—had been left outside the cage.