Human Trafficking Awareness

United Abolitionists training UCF hospitality students to spot human trafficking

The University of Central Florida is teaming up with the non-profit organization United Abolitionists to train the future leaders of hospitality on how to combat human trafficking.

The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management will soon start training students on how to identify and report sex and labor trafficking through a series of three internship courses.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline reported its third highest call volume in the United States comes from Florida. United Abolitionist Founder and President Tomas Lares said trafficking networks rely on legitimate businesses to sustain their illegal operations so it is important for hospitality workers to know how to identify trafficking cases and what to do in order to help victims.

“The better trained they are the better they can end this this horrible, horrible thing that’s happening,” said Jessica Wickey, the internship program director for the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management.