Trafficking in Persons in 2017

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2017 In 2001, the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons released the very first Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Trafficking in Persons is most often described as human trafficking. The State Department has released this report each year since 2001. The report ranks governments based on […]

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Substitute Teacher Guilty of Trafficking

Seminole County, Florida, May 19, 2017 A former substitute teacher, Jeremy Webster, was found guilty of human trafficking a 17-year-old girl in Seminole County on Friday. He sexually exploited the young woman at a hotel in Altamonte Springs for two days before he was discovered by authorities. When she was rescued, the young woman was skeptical […]

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First Labor Trafficking Arrest in Lake County

April 12, 2017, Leesburg, FL Carlos Garcia-Diaz was arrested on charges of human trafficking of a child after forcing a 17-year-old girl to pick blueberries. This is the first arrest for forced labor for the Lake County Sheriff’s office. The Sheriff’s Office was tipped off about the girl by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division […]

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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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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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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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Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry

Hotels are critical to the thriving tourism industry in Central Florida. Boasting the greatest number of hotel rooms than any other city behind Las Vegas, there are plenty of rooms to go around. However, some of these rooms are being used for human trafficking, as Tammy can attest. Tammy met Brad at a party. He seemed […]

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Orlando United

The past few weeks have been some of the most difficult in the history of our Orlando community. Unbridled hatred aimed at innocent people has sent our city reeling. Families will never be the same. Hearts are broken. Prayers are lifted. Eyes have been opened. We mourn with those who mourn and our tears have been many. […]

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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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