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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Governor Rick Scott to Visit Kristi House for Ceremonial Bill Signing of HB99 and HB7049

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 MIAMI, FL, Jun 12, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Kristi House, Miami-Dade County’s children’s advocacy center that provides services and system coordination for child victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, today welcomes Governor Rick Scott for the ceremonial signing of HB99 and HB7049. Gov. Scott will be joined by Attorney […]

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Central Florida a Focus of Battle Against Human Trafficking

ORLANDO, Florida – A judicial district in Central Florida is second in the number of child sexual-exploitation and slavery cases in the United States. “The problem in Central Florida is serious,” Michael Masto, Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the investigation of child slavery and trafficking cases at the Tampa office of U.S. Immigration and […]

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Tampa man accused of pimping teen at Orlando hotel

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel 3:08 p.m. EST, February 14, 2012 A Tampa man was arrested on sex-trafficking charges in Orlando on Friday, an arrest report states, accused of selling sex with a 16-year-old girl. The report states that agents of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation arrested 24-year-old Jeremy Coburn on Friday at the Hyatt […]

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