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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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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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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Female Trafficker Indicted

On July 7, 2016, a Jacksonville woman was indicted on federal charges for using force and threats to traffic two other women for sex over the past two years. Shaquana Brookins, 31, is also charged with running a drug house in a room at an EconoLodge in Atlantic Beach. When a woman is arrested in conjunction with trafficking, […]

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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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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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Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2016

The winds of change were blowing on a blustery day in Orlando, yesterday. Committed volunteers, community members, and leaders braved the wind and Florida cold to take a stand against modern day slavery at the 8th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando. Their voices were heard loud and clear – […]

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