A Conversation on Modern-Day Slavery

On November 21, 2013, WUFT News and the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida presented a public discussion on the issue of human sex trafficking. The event was a partnership between the station, College and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.

The discussion was predicated by an in-depth series published by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in print and online called “The Stolen Ones.” The report is by reporter J. David McSwane and photographer Dan Wagner.

We invited McSwane and the Herald-Tribune’s city editor Scott Carroll (who also edited this project) to Gainesville to talk with journalism students and participate in the evening discussion.

McSwane and Carroll were joined by Florida and local advocates, law enforcement officials and legal authorities to discuss this often invisible issue. The evening was moderated by WUFT News’ Bridget Grogan.

The panelists included:

  • Scott Carroll, city editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
  • Elizabeth Fisher, president and CEO of Selah Freedom
  • Deputy Zach Hughes, Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • J. David McSwane, reporter at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune
  • Connie Rose, advocate and survivor
  • Jeanne Singer, chief assistant state attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit
  • Frank Williams, U.S. Attorney for North Florida

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