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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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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