PALM CITY, Fla. -- The Human Trafficking Coalition of the Treasure Coast hosted a forum in Palm City on Monday, calling attention to the warning signs of human trafficking.
They say awareness and education are critical in stopping the demand in our own backyards.
"Traffickers are betting on us not being educated on human trafficking. It is very, very important that we get that information out to the public, into the community, into the schools, into our families, into our children," said Jamie Bond, Vice Chair of the Human Trafficking Coalition.
The coalition works with not only community groups, but also law enforcement agencies.
Florida still ranks among the top three states in the nation for reported cases of human trafficking.