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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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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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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Trafficking in a North Atlanta Mansion

March 8, 2017, Sandy Springs, GA A young woman went to Atlanta with promises to become a model. At first, it looked like her dreams had come true. She lived in a mansion and traveled the country; however, she knew she was in trouble when her boss threatened to kill her. The 20-year-old woman from […]

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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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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2017

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed each year on January 11 in order to shed light on a growing epidemic that is sweeping our nation and world. A Presidential Proclamation designated January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The proclamation urges all people to take action by saying, “This month, I call on every nation, […]

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Orlando Man Arrested for Human Trafficking

January 4, 2017 Brevard County, Florida – An Orlando man was arrested for human trafficking and other drug-related offenses after allegedly forcing two women into prostitution on New Year’s Day. Miratel Capitaine met the women in Deland and Orlando and took them to West Melbourne where one of the women booked a hotel room at […]

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