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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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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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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Forced Labor is Human Trafficking

Life in Southeast Asia was difficult for Danny* and his family due to rural poverty and food scarcity. As a result, Danny left his wife and four children (including his newborn baby, just one month old) and migrated to the United States with hopes of bringing them to join him in the near future. A […]

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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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Human Trafficking Survivor finds Healing

For 25 years, Carla* lived a nightmare. At the young age of 5, she was physically and sexually abused. To this day, she can recall vivid details of the trauma she endured at such an early age. As a young woman, Carla longed to know she was loved, so when a boyfriend promised her the […]

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Mary’s Freedom from Human Trafficking

Long before the trafficker found her, Mary was already subjected to abuse. She would witness her dad hitting her mom and fell asleep to the sounds of screaming arguments. On a few occasions her dad hit her too. Then she met John in high school. They started dating and she would lie to her parents and stay with him […]

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