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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Collaboration Is Critical

One organization will never end human trafficking alone. In the same way it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes an entire community and network of organizations to end modern-day slavery. In Orlando, we are grateful for the wonderful partnerships we have among like-minded individuals and organizations through the Greater-Orlando Human Trafficking […]

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Modern-day Abolitionist Pioneer

Our Executive and Associate Directors had the privilege of participating in a small meeting with Dr. Kevin Bales, one of the pioneers of the modern-day abolitionist movement. For over 20 years, Dr. Bales has studied, reported, and worked to stop the global epidemic of slavery. A social scientist by trade, Dr. Bales first estimated the […]

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2016

The winds of change were blowing on a blustery day in Orlando, yesterday. Committed volunteers, community members, and leaders braved the wind and Florida cold to take a stand against modern day slavery at the 8th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando. Their voices were heard loud and clear – […]

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National Weekend of Prayer

Children taken, innocence stolen, manipulation, fear, abuse, and exploitation are all ways to describe the evil that is human trafficking. This modern-day slavery is rampant globally and exists even in the nicest of American cities. Evil on this scale demands an equally grand resistance. Such good is only found in a God who is loving […]

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150 Years of Freedom

By 1860, 4.5 Million people were enslaved in the United States. The Civil War that soon followed ripped apart the nation but led the way for freedom. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, giving freedom to anyone enslaved in states that were rebelling against the Union. This proclamation shifted the focus of the war largely towards […]

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Unanimous Decision

On Tuesday, Orange County Commissioners and Mayor Teresa Jacobs unanimously voted to approve an ordinance to help stop human trafficking. The ordinance will require strip clubs, adult entertainment establishments, and massage parlors to prominently post signs about human trafficking so that victims can get the help they need. Adult entertainment establishments are often breeding grounds for human […]

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Prevention through Education

Today, we held a Set Free Event school assembly at Edgewater High School. After months of planning, the Set Free band, dancers, and speakers took the stage and presented a powerful message. As students entered the auditorium bright and early, they each received a card with the Speak Out hotline #800-423-TIPS and information about Florida Abolitionist […]

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Major Human Trafficking Bust

This morning, federal, state, and local law enforcement announced the success of an investigation into a human trafficking ring that has spanned the past 2 years. Operation “Pop-A-Smurf” successfully dismantled a drug and human trafficking ring that involved more than 50 people. Last week, the successful collaboration of federal, state, and local law enforcement led to the arrest […]

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