Editorial: Trafficking award

Three cheers for Anna Rodriguez of Bonita Springs.

She is up for possible induction to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. She is among the 10 nominees for the three spots this year.

Her distinction is public service that was, and still is, ahead of its time. As director of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, she tutored our community and much of the rest of the country — before most of us knew what she was talking about. We have come to learn the hard way that human trafficking is what the name implies — smuggling people, even children, from poor countries into the United States for “opportunities” that often amount to slavery. These traffickers deal in humans rather than drugs or other illegal goods.

A native of Puerto Rico, Rodriguez’ induction in the Hall of Fame would be highly appropriate. Either way she can be assured of the esteem and gratitude already earned from her Southwest Florida home.

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