Miami International Airport has launched a new program to fight human trafficking. Nearly 1,400 airport employees will be trained through the Blue Lightning Initiative to recognize cases of human trafficking and how to handle it when they do.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is helping with this program at MIA, which is the first airport in Florida to join the initiative. The department said in 2020, law enforcement arrested more than 1,700 traffickers and saved more than 400 victims.
Federal officials say you can help too! Look out for signs of human trafficking:
- Power exerted over someone
- Lack of freedom of movement
- Someone asking for permission to go to the bathroom, get food, etc.
- Someone doesn’t have possession of their travel documents