Robert Kraft is accused of soliciting prostitution more than 1,400 miles away in Jupiter, Florida. But in reality, sexual acts for money – similar to what Kraft has pleaded not guilty – happen frequently across Massachusetts, fueled by widespread human trafficking. “This is an activity that exists in Florida, it exists in Massachusetts, it exists all over the country,” said Attorney General Maura Healey during her semi-regular “Ask the AG”
Saying that the escalating worldwide problem of human trafficking is driven by money, REACH for Tomorrow Director of Advocacy Beth Bullock described her presentation to the Highland County Drug Abuse Coalition Thursday as “Human Trafficking 101.” She said that although the problem has been around for years, the current opioid epidemic has transformed human trafficking into a high dollar industry with tentacles that reach all the way into Highland County.
As a young boy, Dontell Antonio witnessed his mother become heavily addicted to crack cocaine and fall victim to sex trafficking. He committed himself to helping spread awareness of and raising money to combat those problems. Just a few years ago, he was homeless and living out of his car. Today, his short film addressing the subject of human trafficking and drug abuse, The Hopeless Journey, has won Best Film