The Abolish movement is a campaign aimed at bringing an end to the child sex slavery epidemic in the Tampa Bay area. Through the partnership between The Junior League of Tampa and the Free Network, the mission of Movement is to raise awareness in the community about this serious issue.
In January 2014, in conjunction with the national Human Trafficking Awareness Month, The Junior League of Tampa and Ad 2 Tampa Bay launched the ABOLISH Movement on behalf of the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking Tampa Bay (now known as The Free Network).
The Abolish Movement to End Child Sex Slavery is one of Tampa’s first and largest umbrella awareness campaigns for human trafficking. The mission of the Movement is to raise awareness in the community about the the child sex slavery epidemic in the Tampa Bay area.
The movement kicked off with a rally that brought together over 100 civic, nonprofit and faith based agencies, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Florida House Representative Ross Spano. The campaign included guerrilla-style advertising materials with billboards, public service announcements, print ads, social media, a robust website, and awareness and training events, and has received an overwhelming support from the community.
The Junior League of Tampa and The FREE Network continue to work together to scale the campaign statewide.
- Human Trafficking is a $32 billion industry.
- Children are forced to provide sexual acts to an average of 15 clients per night.
- 50% of sex slavery victims are under the age of 18 when first used for commercial sex.
- Florida continues to rank 3rd nationally in the number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
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