Miami, Fl., January 6, 2014–Behind Florida’s world-famous beaches, tourist attractions and sunny suburbs lies an alarming secret: Florida is a hotbed for human trafficking. Join WPBT2 for an in-depth look at this crisis with Too Close To Home, an original documentary produced by WEDU in Tampa. Meet local law enforcement, service providers and citizens creating a grass roots movement to help combat this form of modern-day slavery. Too Close To Home will premiere on Monday, January 13 at 10:00pm on WPBT2.
Human trafficking is second only to drug trafficking for illegal business worldwide. Men, women and children are forced against their will to serve in the sex trade, domestic servitude and agricultural industries. They are bought, sold and discarded in our own community, making Florida the third-highest ranked state in the nation for this fast-growing crime.
Following the program, join Helen Ferre, host of WPBT2’s original public affairs program Issues, for a roundtable discussion focusing on the human trafficking crisis in South Florida. Joining the panel are Frances Allegra, chief executive officer at Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc.; Regina Bernadin, program manager at Anti-Human Trafficking Program, International Rescue Committee (IRC); Dawn Thompson, assistant executive director at Kristi House; and Katherine Fernandez Rundle, state attorney for Miami-Dade County.
Watch trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZCLqXAF8uEToo Close To Home was made possible with local support from Women's Relief Association and Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
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