Southwest Florida was one of the first areas in Florida which organized in 2005 to fight human trafficking. SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition has created organized efforts to combat this crime.
The mission of the Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition is to develop a partnership of the community, service providers, law enforcement and the media to combat Human Trafficking through education, coordination, outreach and training.
Consistent with that mission, it has been working closely with FDLE in providing victim services through ACT in Ft. Myers over the past 18 months and assisting in the investigation of a case involving numerous victims, many of whom were able to provide information to the investigators at FDLE. We have served as the liaison between the victims and law enforcement.
Members of our Coalition are known as leaders in the fight against trafficking and have offered their services as media contacts and liaisons. ACT has been providing victim services, 24 hour hotline, counseling and shelter for over 36 years and collaborating with the SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition since 2009. The SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition is proud to announce that through our partnerships and collaboration, success in bringing justice to victims of human trafficking has been attained in our communities.
The efforts of the SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition led to the prevention, protection, and successful prosecution of sex trafficking.