New Atty General Ashley Moody addresses human trafficking

In one of her first actions as Florida’s new Attorney General, Ashley Moody called on Floridians to take an active role in combating human trafficking, or what she described as “modern day slavery.”

“Human trafficking is a plague that we cannot give up on combating in our state and nationwide,” Moody said in a news release highlighting that January is human trafficking prevention month.

Human trafficking encompasses trading humans for commercial sex trafficking, exposure and forced labor, according to the release.

In fact, Florida ranks third highest in the number of human trafficking calls through the National Human Trafficking Hotline for the year, based on data as of June 30, 2018.

“It is appalling anyone would engage in acts that take away people’s basic human rights,” Moody said. “As your Attorney General and Chair of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, I will continue to work with federal, state and local partners to continue the fight to end human trafficking.”

Moody called on Floridians to spot human trafficking signs, including physical injuries, such as burns and scars, and people who display fear or are reluctant to discuss injuries; speak as if coached and suffer from drug addictions, infections or sleep deprivation.

To report such issues, contact local law enforcement or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1(888) 373-7888.


Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.


  1. “Forced labor” sounds like what is happening to the federal workers who are being forced to work without pay during the Trump shutdown. Perhaps she will do something about that?


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