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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Statewide Council on Human Trafficking Meets at UCF

The Statewide Council on Human Trafficking convened on the campus of UCF today. Led by Attorney General, Pam Bondi, the Council is making strides to end this horrible crime in the State of Florida. Despite improved legislation and great effort, Terry Coonan from FSU’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights stated, “Sex trafficking remains endemic throughout the state.” The Council […]

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Human Trafficking Team Arrested

“You could be a model,” Marcus told Brandy* as she walked down the street in Madison, Ill. “But I’m only 15,” she replied. “That’s fine,” Marcus answered, so Brandy got in the truck. From there the teenager was taken, along with 4 other girls, as Marcus Thompson, and his wife, Robin, changed trucks and then stole a camper to […]

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Independence for Human Trafficking Victims

When our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence 239 years ago, they stated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Freedom was the principle on which our […]

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