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What can you do?
Since Human Trafficking is often a crime that is hidden in plain sight, it is important to be aware of its warning signs. Some indications that a person may be a victim of Human Trafficking include:
Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior
Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
Avoids eye contact or social interaction
Adheres to scripted or rehearsed responses during social interaction
Poor Physical Health
Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
Branding Tattoos on the neck, inside the mouth and/or lower back
Lack of Control
Appears destitute or lacks personal possessions
Is not in control of his/her own money or own identification documents (ID or passport)
Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
To give or get help, text INFO or HELP to “BeFree” (233733) or call 1-888-373-7888
The Junior League of Tampa presents “Casting Justice”, a series of Human Trafficking sculptures by Jenn Garrett at the George Edgecomb Courthouse 800 E. Twiggs Street Tampa, FL. The exhibit is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The outdoor portion of the exhibit is located at 87 Columbia Dr. Tampa, FL.
Both exhibits are free and are available until January 30, 2015
Each sculpture is an individual figure formed to the scale of the victim it represents. On the outside, their faces are obscured by the QR code and masked by white paint, in essence, making them a commodity. However, upon closer viewing you will see the beautifully painted inside of each figure, which represents the potential of each figure shining through. For more information please visit: http://www.castingjustice.org.
A free screening of A Path Appears set for January 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tampa Theatre (711 North Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602). Join The Junior League of Tampa, the Abolish Movement and WEDU Community Cinema for this informative event. The film A Path Appears by Maro Chermayeff goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. This is a free event but seating is limited. Tickets available via: (www.bit.ly/1A8y94K). Following the film, join in a community discussion about Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay with local non profit organizations that are fighting this modern day form of slavery.
Founded in 1926, the Junior League of Tampa, Inc. is an organization of over 1,800 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
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WEDU, serving the 16 counties of West Central Florida, exists to serve the public good and to aid in the creation of an informed citizenry. Through quality programming using new technologies and community outreach, WEDU fulfills the needs of individuals for education, information, and culture enabling people and communities to connect, to grow, and to lead more fulfilling lives.