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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Human Trafficking Ring Busted

September 12, 2016 Update: Human Trafficking charges to both Christian Pena Fernandez and Rachel Gonzalez have been dropped. However, charges still stand for deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution and racketeering for both. Arraignments for both parties are forthcoming. July 21, 2016 After investigating for a year and a half, the Metropolitan Bureau of […]

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Female Trafficker Indicted

On July 7, 2016, a Jacksonville woman was indicted on federal charges for using force and threats to traffic two other women for sex over the past two years. Shaquana Brookins, 31, is also charged with running a drug house in a room at an EconoLodge in Atlantic Beach. When a woman is arrested in conjunction with trafficking, […]

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Florida is Fighting for Freedom

Human trafficking must be fought on a multitude of fronts. Today, Florida Abolitionist was recognized for our leadership in the fight by State Attorney Jeff Ashton. In addition to this wonderful accolade, Mayor Teresa Jacobs took time during the press conference to commend our Executive Director, Tomas Lares, for his work as a pioneer and being […]

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Targeted and Recruited

Stacie* worked hard at the fast food restaurant after school and on weekends to get some extra spending money and to save up for college. She did well in school and everything seemed to be going great for her. A friend from school laughed when she heard how much money she was making in fast […]

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