Sunday, March 09, 2008

Filipino Human Trafficking Victims Rescued in Florida

From Naples News:

Twenty-five of 50 Filipino human trafficking victims rescued last month in an east coast raid are settling in Collier County. Men and women, ranging from 21 to 29 years old, are being relocated to an undisclosed location, said Julie Rocco, program director with the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

The coalition wouldn’t say where they would be placed because the case remains under investigation. “We want to make sure this case moves to a prosecution,” Rocco said. The rest of the rescued Filipino victims are being relocated to Central Florida, Rocco said.

Victims of human trafficking were rescued in February from the hotel industry in Miami-Dade County, involving two employment agencies and a country club. Neither the office of Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, nor Fort Myers-based U.S. Attorney Doug Molloy, could confirm or provide further information Wednesday on the case.

Donations can be made at the coalition’s office at 3333 Renaissance Blvd., suite 200, Bonita Springs, by calling 390-3350 or by calling Villarosa at 658-2555.

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