The Dangers Lurking in Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay

Maria del Carmen Ramos
Maria del Carmen Ramos

Tampa Bay is known for our world-famous beaches, tourist attractions, and family friendly neighborhoods.  Lurking behind our picturesque community lies a little known secret.Tampa Bay is a den for human trafficking. Did you know that Florida ranks third in the nation for this rapidly growing crime that most people would prefer not to talk about? Each year, countless men, women, and children are forced against their will into trafficking–a modern-day version of slavery. They are bought, sold, and discarded in our own backyard.

If you are interested in learning more about who these victims are and their stories, local efforts to combat human trafficking and help victims, new human trafficking expunction laws, legislative efforts to help victims, and what you can do to help, please join us at the HCBA’s Immigration & Nationality Section’s Luncheon on December 1, 2014 at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, 1610 N. Tampa Street. You can RSVP by calling 813.221.7777 or e-mailing

For more information, please contact Maria del Carmen Ramos at 813.227.2252 or

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