Orlando Ranks #3

September 19, 2017, Orlando, FL Have you ever wondered, “How bad is human trafficking in my city?” When asked about Orlando, we always reply, “It’s bad, very bad.” Every day we assist victims of human trafficking and hear their stories. We know how many people FA serves but how does this compare to other cities? […]

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Senator Nelson Invites FA to Testify

  Washington, D.C., July 12, 2017   U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL-D) opened the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with the words, “Human trafficking is a horrific crime. It is a widespread problem that requires us to put all solutions on the table.” These words set the stage for the Senate hearing focusing […]

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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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Hundreds Gather at State Capitol

April 13, 2017, Tallahassee, FL Florida Abolitionist staff and volunteers were on hand to participate in the inaugural Human Trafficking Advocacy Day at the State Capitol building in Tallahassee, FL. The day began with a prayer breakfast where advocates and state leaders were moved to get involved by keeping victim care at the forefront. Dr. Joel […]

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Human Trafficking Sting Nets 104 Arrests

March 21, 2017, Polk County, FL A six-day undercover human trafficking sting resulted in 104 arrests in Polk County, FL. The arrests include people who advertised online for sex or responded to internet-based ads set up by undercover agents. Among those arrested include Dirk Watson, an Air Force captain and Little League coach. Watson traveled […]

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50% Rise in Human Trafficking Cases: Behind the Numbers

January 18, 2017 Orlando, FL – This week, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) reported that there were 1,892 reports of human trafficking of minors last year. That’s a staggering 54 percent increase from 2015. Does this mean that our state is losing the battle against this horrible crime? The numbers might seem […]

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A New Day

When victims are exploited by human trafficking, what happens next? When they are recovered, where do they go? How do they heal? This is a question Florida Abolitionist has been answering for years, but the answer is changing. Today, Florida Abolitionist celebrated the Grand Opening of it’s new offices on the property of Calvary Orlando […]

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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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Orange County Approves Human Trafficking Shelter

  November 1, 2016 “Our greatest need is a safe place to take victims” was the response when Orange County Commissioner, Pete Clarke, met Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) detectives two years ago and asked about the issue of human trafficking. Now that need is one step closer to being met. Today the Orange County Commission […]

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2 Remaining Trafficking Suspects Arrested

October 18, 2016 Over the weekend, Atlanta Police arrested Arthur Lee Coleman III, 26, and Karla Michelle Quiros Alsina, 20. The pair remained at large after Orlando Police announced last week they had arrested two other conspirators who trafficked 14 and 15-year old sisters. All four are being charged with first degree murder of the 14-year-old […]

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