HTAP - Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships
More than 150 victims have been identified in Southwest Florida in the past (six) years, ranging in age from 9 years to 67. Victims of labor and sex trafficking can be U.S. citizens or immigrants, male or female, adults or children. No one is safe.
Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships (HTAP) was founded in 2006 by Zontian Nola Theiss and has been a Zonta partner since 2008. HTAP fights human trafficking by building awareness, creating prevention programs, and training business employees and health care providers to recognize signs of trafficking. Also, Zonta grants help fund HTAP programs such as ArtReach, aimed at young students, primarily girls in high-risk areas in Lee County. Through role-playing and paintings, students learn how predators target girls just like them. The art is exhibited locally and in other communities, spreading this important message to many others.
For more information, please visit the HTAP website.