Backpage CEO Pleads Guilty

April 12, 2018, Sacramento, CA Thursday, Backpage CEO, Carl Ferrer pled guilty to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at Backpage.com, authorities said. Backpage brought in half a billion dollars since the company began in 2004. Most of its revenue has come from an […]

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Woman Trafficker Sentenced in Orlando

April 11, 2018, Orlando, FL An Orange County judge handed down a sentence of 10 years plus 10 more of probation to Karla Alsina today in downtown Orlando. In August 2016, authorities were alerted to a possible human trafficking situation when a 14-year-old died from an overdose at an Orlando hospital. After further investigation, detectives found […]

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Backpage Founder Arrested

April 9, 2018, Phoenix, AZ Michael Lacey, the co-founder of Backpage.com, has been arrested and the website has been shut down by federal and state law enforcement. Backpage.com is the 2nd most popular classifieds site behind Craigslist. The site has become synonymous with sex ads and has been a hotbed of sex trafficking. The arrest […]

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Backpage.com Seized

April 6, 2018, Washington, D.C. This Friday, federal law enforcement agents raided home of Michael Lacey, the founder of Backpage.com, and shut down the website. Some visitors to the site are greeted with the following alert. While others will find a broken site. The alert mentions a press conference at 6 PM tonight where we will receive […]

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Trafficking Websites Will Be Liable

March 28, 2018, Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act. The bill had bipartisan support and passed with a consensus of 97-2. SESTA amends Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a federal provision which has protected online publishers from being held liable for third-parties using their sites […]

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Down but not Out

March 9, 2018, Orlando, FL In a last-minute attempt to help stop human trafficking, Senator Lauren Book (D-Plantation) and Representative Ross Spano (R-Dover) stood true to their word in support of trafficking victims. With only hours remaining in the legislative session, they added a measure to a bill that would help stop human trafficking in […]

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5 Minutes…

Did you know you can save lives with just 5 minutes of your time? For weeks, human trafficking advocates have encouraged state leaders to pass a bill that would require hotel and motel staff to receive training about human trafficking. It would also allow victims who were exploited in these establishments to sue if the businesses were […]

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Major Victory in the House

February 28, 2018, Orlando, FL For years, websites used to facilitate human trafficking have made Millions while young girls and boys are exploited repeatedly. These websites make it easy for buyers to purchase sex from victims and legal proceedings have stalled. Lawyers for sites like Backpage.com, which hosts thousands of ads for prostitution daily, have […]

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Call & Email Today!

February 20, Orlando, FL When I was 18, I was pulled over by a police officer and was completely confused as to why.  He could tell right away and gently informed me that it is a law to merge into the next lane when a police officer is pulled over on the side of the road. […]

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Sex Trafficking & the Super Bowl

February 4, 2018, Orlando, FL A note from Florida Abolitionist Founder and CEO, Tomas J. Lares I had the privilege and opportunity to be a part of the first outreach against human trafficking at a large sporting event. In 2009, I joined other advocates in Tampa Bay Florida to take a stand against human trafficking at Super […]

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