Spring breakers raise awareness on human trafficking

Tampa, Florida --- Most college students spend Spring Break at the beach, but a group of students from Missouri decided to line Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa to bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking.

Starting at 11 this morning, about 100 students lined up corner by corner from Dale Mabry and Interbay Boulevard all the way to Dale Mabry and Kennedy.

For them, it's all about eyeballs.

Thousands of motorists along Dale Mabry saw signs, pamphlets, and people.

"It's happening. It's in your own back yard and it's here," said college student Garrett Baugher.

He and fellow college students from Joplin, Missouri and others ditched the beach this Spring Break, and hit the streets.

"It is a little bit different. It's not what I considered myself doing during my college-aged Spring Breaks when I was in high school," said student Dane Frazier. "But this is way more rewarding."

Human trafficking is a problem plaguing the Sunshine State.

Clearwater detectives say Florida is number three for human trafficking cases in the U.S., only behind California and Texas.

"It's huge, this is something that can impact someone's whole life," said Crisis Center of Tampa Bay lead sexual assault victim advocate Emily Frith.

It's something she says she knows all too well, but you can do your part to help.

"If they see anything, call in and get help, they can call 1-800-96ABUSE to report it."


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