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From the United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church of Apopka

A Human Trafficking Program will be sponsored by the United Methodist Women on October 14th  9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church in Apopka.  Space is limited.  Please reserve your seat by calling  407-782-0488 or 407-889-2628, or the church office 407-886-3421.  The church is located at 201 S. Park Avenue, Apopka.  Admission is free.

Knowledgeable Victim Specialist Speakers from the Human Trafficking Unit, Office of the State Attorney, Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida and  Apopka Police Department will make us aware of the seriousness of this problem right here in our community and what we can do to know how to assist in this program.  Folks, this is serious.  We cannot help if we don’t even know it exists.  Come and learn and help.

Human trafficking, believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world, is a form of human slavery which must be addressed.   Human trafficking includes forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sex trafficking. It involves both U.S. citizens and foreigners alike, and has no demographic restrictions. The FBI works human trafficking cases under both its Civil Rights program and its Violent Crimes Against Children program. The majority of human trafficking victims in our cases are U.S. citizens, and we take a victim-centered approach in investigating such cases, which means that ensuring the needs of the victims take precedence over all other considerations.

Here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves, often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. Over the past decade, human trafficking has been identified as a heinous crime which exploits the most vulnerable in society. Among the Civil Rights Unit’s priorities is its human trafficking program, based on the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provided that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” Human trafficking, believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world, is a form of human slavery which must be addressed.



  1. Dr. Phil has had a show about one of the victims of human trafficking, a lady that was sold by her own parents into sexual bondage and slavery at an extremely early tender age. Her own “parents” even plotted to have the baby in order to sell their child for money, a known price offered by a man, knowing fully well what their child would be used for. Tortured, videoed, molested, raped, abused in the most sickening ways…..I use the term ” parents” disgustingly, because they are NOT parents, no matter what the DNA says!

  2. I watched his show and the lady was practically an emotionless robot. This was the only life she knew from an early age. Repeated held against her will, alone in the world, with no one privy to her whereabouts, or well-being. She told the various men who she was tricked out to, and she said that many were well-known men by the public, men from all walks of life…..military officials, sport team players, sport team owners, middle eastern men of wealth, attorneys, doctors, surgeons, politicians, and the list went on and on. She kept referring to her “owner” like she was a dog or something… was so sad.

  3. She said that she was kept and whenever a major sporting event was going on anywhere in the world, on those days or nights, she would be dressed up, made up, and would be taken secretly to a behind the scene place, and paraded around to be sold to the highest bidder for sexual bondage. Olympic games, super bowls, Kentucky Derby, you name it, any major sporting event…….

  4. Many people just don’t have a clue that this sort of criminal activity is going on in our own areas. It is hard to believe, I know, but it does happen! Young victims abducted and sold for sex. People sold for forced manual labor. All types of sickening uses to turn people into slaves. One of the most despicable I have read about is the young immigrants who have been sent here to the US, to flee their own countries, like Mexico, and Central American countries, by their parents who have been desperate to give their children a better life by getting to the US. Some of those children and older kids, sent here alone without their parents, have been snatched by the drug cartels, who have been pooling the kids together secretly behind the scenes, and selling their internal organs for transplant, on the black market, to the highest bidder! Can it get any worse than that? Despicable!

  5. Many of this area’s victims have been taken to abandoned houses, against their will or drugged, and violated, and sexually used and abused by the human traffickers. Slavery, unfortunately, still exists in this country, and in other countries, although the public is generally not aware that it does exist. American is suppose to be the land of the free, but for some, it is not, and that is a shame. I am glad that this seminar is being put on to raise awareness of the problem, and what can be done to help stop it.


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