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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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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Raising Awareness for Human Trafficking

Awareness = knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. A day set aside to bring knowledge to the world about the horrible fact that slavery still exists at a greater scale today than any other time in history. This terrible reality doesn’t only take place in foreign lands […]

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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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