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Tampa International Airport displays new signage to educate travelers on human trafficking

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Posted at 8:52 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 20:52:08-05

TAMPA, Fla. — We are just a month shy of the Superbowl coming to Tampa, and Tampa International Airport is sending a clear message about human trafficking.

“Such a heinous crime and the effects that this has on victims is indescribable. We as a community have to do everything we can,” said Ashley Moody, Florida Attorney General.

Tampa International Airport is getting the word out on human trafficking and the devastation it can have on communities. Signage and painted goats are now being placed around the airport.

The goal is to ensure travelers and airport workers know how to spot and report human trafficking and exploitation.

“We’ve trained all of our guest service representatives. All of our employees took online courses and we’re planning a human trafficking training workshop on January 25 just before the Superbowl,” explained Joe Lopano, CEO Tampa International Airport.

The signs say to call 211 for immediate victim services. You can also text a tip.

“To TIP 411 and you can text a tip and the Hillsborough Sheriff’s department will text you back about the tip you submitted,” said Josh Miller with It’s a Penalty Campaign.

The campaign was created by global organization It’s a Penalty and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.

“Those that will travel through here, that will see these signs, that’s what we’re asking them to do. Be aware, report suspicious activity. It may be nothing but you could save a life,” Moody said.

Painted goats will also be placed throughout TPA. The art installation is available for auction and the money raised will go towards the fight against human trafficking.