50% Rise in Human Trafficking Cases: Behind the Numbers

January 18, 2017 Orlando, FL – This week, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) reported that there were 1,892 reports of human trafficking of minors last year. That’s a staggering 54 percent increase from 2015. Does this mean that our state is losing the battle against this horrible crime? The numbers might seem […]

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2017

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed each year on January 11 in order to shed light on a growing epidemic that is sweeping our nation and world. A Presidential Proclamation designated January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The proclamation urges all people to take action by saying, “This month, I call on every nation, […]

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Orlando Man Arrested for Human Trafficking

January 4, 2017 Brevard County, Florida – An Orlando man was arrested for human trafficking and other drug-related offenses after allegedly forcing two women into prostitution on New Year’s Day. Miratel Capitaine met the women in Deland and Orlando and took them to West Melbourne where one of the women booked a hotel room at […]

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A New Day

When victims are exploited by human trafficking, what happens next? When they are recovered, where do they go? How do they heal? This is a question Florida Abolitionist has been answering for years, but the answer is changing. Today, Florida Abolitionist celebrated the Grand Opening of it’s new offices on the property of Calvary Orlando […]

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Sarasota Human Trafficker Receives 50 Year Sentence

“I feel like justice was served today,” said Sergeant Robert Armstrong of the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division after a 50 year sentence was handed down to Ronald McBride for human trafficking and 5 other felonies. The unnamed victim was abused and forced into prostitution for months. She told police she couldn’t leave because, “He […]

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Orange County Approves Human Trafficking Shelter

  November 1, 2016 “Our greatest need is a safe place to take victims” was the response when Orange County Commissioner, Pete Clarke, met Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) detectives two years ago and asked about the issue of human trafficking. Now that need is one step closer to being met. Today the Orange County Commission […]

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Traffickers Arrested in Orlando

On August 14, a 14 year old girl was brought to Orlando Regional Medical Center suffering from a drug overdose. Later that day she passed away and suspicions around her death sparked an ongoing human trafficking investigation. Law enforcement found that the young girl and her 15 year old sister were both being drugged and sold […]

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Warning! Stopping the Laughter

Have you ever heard a child laugh? Ever heard one just giggle uncontrollably? It’s the reason adults like to tickle kids so much, we just want to hear the sweet sound of little laughter. Ever wondered what it is about that sound that we can’t get enough of? It isn’t particularly beautiful like the melody of a song, but it sings […]

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Florida Teen Recovered in Kansas

Ashley* left Florida in search of a better life. Running away seemed like the best thing for her but what she found was anything but a dream. After being trafficked in Dallas, Texas, she found herself in Lawrence, Kansas attending high school. Ashley met Jakaynah at school, where they were both students. Soon after they met, she […]

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Olympics: Rio’s Dirty Little Secret

Exciting is the word that comes to mind when I think about the Olympics. Watching the best athletes in the world compete for Gold is nothing but exciting. It’s fun to watch and cheer for our favorites. This year, the spotlight is on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A beautiful city where the mountains meet the […]

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