Human Trafficking is a Prevalent Problem in North Central Florida
GAINESVILLE - As Timothy Deegan remains in jail on three charges of human trafficking...advocates say people need to recognize the real problem of modern day slavery in North Central Florida.
Richard Tovar, an advocate of bringing awareness to human trafficking in our area says the perpetrators don't fit a certain mould.
He says its a lucrative business - with drugs you sell it once but with people, you can sell them over and over.
He also thinks its not just the traffickers who should be getting in trouble.
Richard Tovar, President of FIGHT: "a lot of times the prostitutes are the ones being prosecuted but there's really no prosecution for the guys that are consuming and these are the guys that are really the cause of the problem."
Tovar says one of the main ways to stop human trafficking is for consumers to quit buying sex.
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