TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) — The Tampa Bay area ranks third in the nation for human trafficking, and local people are coming together to change that unenviable standing.
At a rally downtown on Saturday, the Junior League of Tampa and more than 90 other local organizations and agencies celebrated the kickoff of the Abolish Movement, a campaign meant to raise awareness and eliminate child sex slavery in Bay area communities.
A small crowd gathered at Lykes Gaslight Park for the event, which included food trucks and a live band, and a candlelight vigil to mark the start of the campaign and a month of events meant to promote the cause.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn read a proclamation recognizing January as national Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
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