Correlation Between Poverty and Human Trafficking

It’s no surprise that those living in poverty are at a greater risk of being trafficked.

So, then, it should come as no surprise that the states with the highest poverty rate act as fertile “hunting” grounds for women, men, and children to be forced into slavery–for sex and for labor. Such is the case in Florida.

Florida is a state with large service, agriculture, and construction industries– some of the most common industries in which labor trafficking takes place.

Additionally, a report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance has found that 41.5 percent of single women and children are living in poverty in the state of Florida. This leaves them vulnerable to be coerced into sex trafficking.

So, it is no coincidence that Florida is ranked third in the country for reported human trafficking.

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