ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
72°
Partly Cloudy
H 93° L 76°
  • cloudy-day
    72°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 93° L 76°
  • cloudy-day
    89°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 93° L 76°
  • cloudy-day
    85°
    Evening
    Partly Cloudy. H 93° L 76°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

Florida ranks third in nation for Human Trafficking Cases

Human Trafficking currently enslaves 27,000,000 people around the world. But it's not just happening overseas, it's also happening right here in Jacksonville.

Sheriff John Rutherford is using Human Trafficking Awareness Month to make you aware of just how cruel these traffickers can be. During a Thursday news conference, he described cases where victims as young as 13 were exploited for sex and money. They were also beaten, had their bones broken, forced to take nude photos so their pimps could sell them for sex, and were trapped in hotel rooms without their clothes so they couldn't escape.

The average age of these modern day slaves is 12 years old and only 2% of victims are ever rescued. Florida still remains one of the top destinations in America for traffickers, and 80% of Florida victims are women and children. Global statistics also show only a small percentage of trafficking suspects and victims are ever found.

The Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition is a local task force which formed in 2005. The group has helped arrest dozens of suspects and rehabilitate just as many victims. Trends show the traffickers also like to follow sporting events to find clients for the victims they've enslaved.

The coalition will get more information out Friday night at St. Vincents Hospital in Riverside. Starting at 6pm, you can attend a free exhibit, panel discussion and movie screening on human trafficking.

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest News Headlines

  • Sears has filed for bankruptcy and has announced it will be closing stores nationwide. Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says the build-up to this was the worst-kept secret, following the news of K-Mart. If you are an avid shopper at Sears, Clark is suggesting you pay off your layaway now and use all of your gift cards.  “You need to look at it as companies that will not be able to survive no matter what you’re told moving forward.”  Clark says when it comes to your extended warranties and service contracts it will be up to the courts, but odds are, those will not be honored. Clark stands by his stance against those types of contracts anyways but urges all shoppers to skip from this moment forward.  LISTEN: Clark’s latest podcast Shoppers will soon start to see liquidation sales as stores begin to close. Clark is warning shoppers to be cautious of any deals they find.  “They are generally less than what they appear, the bargains that are supposed that are present are fake sales”  Clark says nobody ever both them at what the supposed retail was. He says these sales could trick shoppers into something on a “non-sale sale.”
  • A Massachusetts school employee is under investigation by the Secret Service for allegedly threatening President Donald Trump on social media. >> Watch the news report here The employee, a Fitchburg Public Schools paraprofessional who works with special-needs students, has also been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation. Her husband, a principal at Fitchburg's Longsjo Middle School, spoke only to WFXT about his wife's alleged tweet, which was captured in screen shots and shared multiple times on social media. At first, the tweet caught the attention of the local police force and subsequently of federal agents. 'People have their preferences, but sometimes you should just keep your 2 cents to yourself, you know?' said Roger Valcourt, a parent. The tweet, posted Oct, 10 which read, 'No just kill Trump,' has been generating controversy around town. Parents were shocked to learn what happened, saying both the principal and his wife are star educators. After the tweet was reported to Ashburnham police, the Secret Service launched an investigation, telling WFXT that they are aware of the incident and investigate all threats made against the president. 'I don’t know what was going through her head, I guess, but it’s not a good thing to say you want to kill the president,' said Alex Clemente, a parent. Clemente, a veteran who fought in Iraq, says the tweet went too far. 'Even though you don’t like him, you can’t say that,' Clemente said. >> Read more trending news  The employee's husband told WFXT in an off-camera interview she meant no harm, saying, 'It was lapse in judgment, a mistake. It was a bad choice of words that were taken out of context. My wife is not a malicious person, and has an impeccable work record. She’s embarrassed by this situation.' While Craig Chalifoux spoke to WFXT on the record, his wife isn't being identified because she is not facing any charges. The superintendent told WFXT that the employee has been placed on paid administrative leave, saying, in a statement, this 'is being done to protect her interests as well as the interest of the district [and] it will allow the investigation to conclude and minimize any disruption and distraction and protects her safety and security.
  • A former college football standout who briefly signed with the Atlanta Falcons was arrested Saturday by police in Columbus, Georgia, for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Justin Crawford, 23, who played running back at Georgia's Hardaway High School and West Virginia University, faces charges of incest, sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to Muscogee County Jail records. At a preliminary hearing on Monday, Columbus Detective Mark Scruggs said Crawford’s wife, Chakeya, woke up Saturday around 5 a.m. and walked into her living room to find her husband with an erection as he stood over the child, the newspaper reported. However, she told the Ledger-Enquirer she objected to Scruggs’ account, saying her husband’s penis was exposed but not erect. She said she confronted her husband about it, that he denied any wrongdoing and she decided to go back to bed. >> Read more news stories  She took the 12-year-old to the child’s mother later, and that’s when the girl said she had been asleep in the living room when Crawford came in and had her perform oral sex on him before they had intercourse, Scruggs said. The newspaper reported that Scruggs said Crawford initially denied any sexual contact with the girl to police, but he later admitted to having oral sex and intercourse with her but claimed it was her idea. Crawford remains in the Muscogee County Jail without bond, according to jail records. As a senior in high school, Crawford rushed for 825 yards and seven touchdowns, the Ledger-Enquirer reported. He spent two years at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he rushed for over 3,000 yards and six touchdowns, putting him in the national spotlight. He then transferred to West Virginia, where he rushed for 2,237 yards and 11 touchdowns over two seasons. Crawford signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent on May 1, but he was among 36 players released in September during the preseason. He was on the roster for the Atlanta Legends in the new Alliance of American Football league but was suspended by the team after being arrested, according to The Associated Press.
  • A Georgia man is in jail on assault and battery charges after he allegedly stabbed his father and punched his ex-girlfriend in the face, police said. Jonathan Allen Fain, 25, of Gwinnett County, has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, battery and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony. >> On AJC.com: Georgia man accused of taking, posting pictures of sleeping girls in underwear Fain got his ex-girlfriend to give him a ride to the Walmart on Rockbridge Road the morning of Oct. 11, according to a police report. He began yelling at her that she was taking too long shopping while they were inside, and the yelling continued while she was driving him home, the report said. She told him to get out of the car, but he wouldn’t, so she threw his wallet out the window, according to police. Fain punched the woman in the face and exited the car to get his wallet; the woman took that opportunity to drive away, the report said. Soon after, Fain arrived at his father’s house in Lilburn. They got into an argument, and at some point, Fain stabbed his father, according to the police report. When an officer arrived around 11 a.m., Fain had fled on foot into some nearby woods, the report said. Fain’s father was lying on the ground with a stab wound to his stomach. The officer found a kitchen knife with its blade missing; the blade had broken off and was still inside Fain’s father, the report said.  >> Read more trending news  Shortly after, Fain reportedly returned to the house, entering the basement. Fain surrendered when officers entered the basement and was arrested, the report said. The father was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the report. Fain was taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond. 

The Latest News Videos