An interfaith coalition outraged by child sex trafficking is getting ready to make sex abuse and child prostitution prominent issues in South Florida’s houses of worship.
A team of advocates will be trained in Delray Beach on June 22 by Shared Hope International, a group of “Christian abolitionists” working to eliminate sex trafficking, or the sale of women and children for sex.
Shared Hope calls Florida “a top destination for the commercial sexual exploitation of children.” The group said the number of victims is hard to quantify, but cited several cases, including a child prostitution network discovered in 2005 in Miami-Dade County. A 2009 report showed the Broward State Attorney’s Office received 10 cases of child prostitution for prosecution in a year, while Miami-Dade received 21.
Source: Sun Sentinel