Activists warn of human trafficking in Florida

CREATED Jan. 18, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 19, 2014

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BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - A critical message out of a popular park in Bonita Springs; there's a rise in human trafficking. 

Local agencies brought attention Saturday to the problem they call 'modern slavery.' 
 
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. At Riverside Park, organizers of Slave Free Southwest Florida created a relaxed festival atmosphere to bring awareness to the serious issue. 
 
The Southwest Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking says Florida is the number 3 state with human trafficking problems
 
Organizers hope events like these will allow more cases of sex and labor trafficking to be reported. 
 
Today's Slave Free Southwest Florida was the first time for the event to be held in Bonita Springs. 
 
If you suspect a human trafficking case in your community, authorities urge you to call your local sheriff's office or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-373-7888.