TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay announced today it has launched a grass-roots educational campaign to alert teens to the danger of human trafficking and prostitution in the Tampa Bay Area.
The campaign is called “Drop an F-bomb” and is designed to immediately grab the attention of teens through social media and grass roots events. Instead of a vulgarity, the "f" stands for "friend". The campaign reveals how pimps target and slowly manipulate risk-taking girls into prostitution. It encourages the friends of potential victims to talk to their friend and to seek help and advice by placing a confidential call to 2-1-1.
"Our mission at the crisis center is to ensure that no one faces crisis alone. But for the 200,000 US citizens, mostly young girls, who are trafficked each year in this county, isolation is the hallmark of their days ," said David Braughton, President and CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. "Insulated from family, friends and people who truly care for them, victims of trafficking are subject to abuse, degradation and despair - alone. We want to change that, which is why we are initiating this campaign to stop sex trafficking."
A website (www.droppingfbombs.com) has been launched that dispels the stereotype of what a pimp might look like and provides warning signs that a girl may be at risk. These include dating an older guy, having lots of cash and keeping a second cell phone. In addition, “Drop an F-bomb” social media pages on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest have also been launched that promote the hashtag #fbomb211.
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