The Missing and Human Trafficking

Tiffany Daniels
Tiffany Daniels has been missing from Pensacola for two years.

Another vigil for the missing. This one with friends and family of Tiffany Daniels hoping she will be home soon.

“I believe she is caught up in something. She is caught up in a situation that she can’t get out of and she would want to be out of,” said her mother Cindy.

Human trafficking and according to the experts, it’s not a far-fetched idea.

“It is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world.” The faces of the missing stare back at Brad Dennis every day. “The walls behind me are children that we believe are in that same industry right now. It is a growing trend.”

Thousands go missing every day according to Dennis. “The vast majority is runaway types of cases but we do know that number has grown. Just five years ago the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported it was 17 hundred now they are reporting we are up to 22 hundred.”

In many cases children, even young adults, are targeted, lured away, then held captive in what’s called debt bondage, working as sex slaves for their owner.

“I don’t think human trafficking is being blown out of proportion. I think it’s right the opposite. I don’t think it gets the attention it deserves.” Lee Krueger works with victims who have been rescued through an organization called “Hope Haven”. “It is here and it is in our area,” she says, “It is alive and well and modern-day slavery is happening right here.”

For Cindy Daniels believing her daughter is a victim of human trafficking is better than the alternative.

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