Local Farmers Get Crash Course in Human Trafficking Prevention

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Quincy, FL - Farmers in our area had a first hand lesson in how to spot and prevent human trafficking.

Why farmers? Well their use of migrant workers can lead to horrific scenarios of human trading.

Gadsden County farmers had a bit of a wakeup call Thursday. The department of homeland security as well as the u.S attorney's office were trying to educate them about the ugly world of human trafficking.

Major Shawn Wood, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, "what we're wanting them to know is that when someon is illegal, if they're children, they're family, if they're a vicitm, we want to help them. We want to make sure that no one is a victim in gadsden county."

The migrant workers employed by farmers help keep the vital agriculture system going in the area.

But there's very real potential for human trade type crimes to be going on among the hired help.

Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for Northern Florida, stated, "farmers depend on migrant labor, and when human beings are brought in to do labor they can sometimes be forced to do labor, not by the farmers but by those who have smuggled them into the country."

U.S. Immigrations and customs enforcement says human trafficking is exploitation based.

It includes crime against a victim's human rights and is usually orchestrated by a criminal organization.

It does not require crossing of the border, and sex trafficking of minors, U.S. Citizen or not, is human trafficking.

January is human trafficking prevention month. Immigration and Customs Enforcment says that their focus is not about deportation, but getting victim's the necessary help.

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