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(Update at 1/9/2014 at 9:45 p.m.)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The Sheriff and FBI investigators, among others, attended the event Thursday afternoon.
Florida has been identified as a hub for human trafficking, which sees 17,000 victims brought into the U.S. every year.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition teamed up to spread awareness for the month of January. To raise awareness about these types of crimes, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office held a press conference Thursday, January 9 at 1:30 p.m. to recap recent events.
President Barack Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month on December 31, 2013. Most victims of human trafficking are from Asia, Central and South America and Eastern Europe.
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