Human trafficking can either be sex or labor-oriented and affect both adults and children. Victims can be any age or gender and have any citizenship, residency or immigration status.
Once someone is labeled a sex offender, their life changes forever. That individual must register their address with the police in every jurisdiction that they move to here in Florida and anywhere else in this country.
Human trafficking has become a serious issue in the United States in recent years. It's such a problem that Washington became the first state to criminalize this type of offense in 2003. Many other states have followed suit since then. There are two primary types of human trafficking. There's forced labor and sexual servitude.
On May 14, a Florida man was taken into custody after he was accused of giving a teen girl methamphetamine before trying to have sexual intercourse with her. The arrest came after authorities had been investigating the case for nearly two months.
On April 17, a Florida man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was convicted on a criminal charge associated with the sexual exploitation of a minor. Once he is released from prison, he will have 10 years of supervised probation and be required to register as a sex offender.
Florida authorities took a 40-year-old man into custody on Feb. 28 after he was suspected of downloading child pornography. He was being held in Orange County Jail without bond on 14 counts.
A former Florida high school employee pleaded guilty to video voyeurism charges on Jan. 10. He had been the athletic director at the school for 11 years and served as the coach of the girls' lacrosse team for three years.
On Dec. 14, it was reported that a German man who flew into Florida for the purpose of meeting with a 13-year-old girl was sentenced to life in prison. The man had reportedly attempted to solicit the 13-year-old for sadomasochism.
Tallahassee police officers searched the home of a 66-year-old man after arresting him. They were investigating the sexual battery accusations of a Florida teenager who said that he took nude photographs of her. The activities had allegedly gone on during the past year. Inside the man's home, police looked for evidence but failed to find any printed or digital pictures of the young woman.
On Nov. 30, a 59-year-old Florida man was arrested for allegedly touching himself near Delray Beach. It is the 32nd time he has been taken into custody on charges of indecent exposure or lewd acts.