Operation Catfish

August 28, 2018, Lake County, FL Detectives in Lake County wrapped up a major prostitution sting this week, recovering a 17-year-old human trafficking victim. The 10-day investigation known as Operation Catfish used the internet to cut down on prostitution. One aspect of the investigation targeted people who responded to an advertisement to sexually exploit a […]

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Why Don’t They Run?

August 15, Orlando, FL After assisting and serving hundreds of victims and survivors of human trafficking over the years, Florida Abolitionist CEO and Founder, Tomas Lares, is repeatedly asked one question, “Why don’t victims run?” The simple answer is Psychology. Victims are bound by invisible chains as traffickers groom their victims using manipulation and drug […]

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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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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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Let Freedom Ring

December 7, 2017, Orlando, FL The sound of freedom rang loud and clear at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Orlando on Thursday night. In remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day, Florida Abolitionist celebrated freedom in 1940’s fashion. Guests were greeted by a doo-wop group singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B and then led to tables […]

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FREEDOM2017 at City Hall

September 28, Orlando, FL Elected officials, business leaders, media, and community members filled the rotunda of Orlando City Hall today to hear Orlando’s commitment to stopping human trafficking. FREEDOM2017 was an event hosted by the City of Orlando highlighting the efforts of Florida Abolitionist. As visitors entered the building, they were greeted by excited members of […]

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Tomorrow Matters: Keeping our Children Safe

9th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event Schedule 11 – 11:50 am Seminar 1 11:30 – 12:30 Faith Alliance Open Meeting 12 – 12:50 pm Seminar 2 Click below to Register for Seminars, Seating is Limited Human Trafficking 101  Internet Safety for Youth Sexual Abuse Prevention Program (for Adults) It Happened to Me: A Survivor’s […]

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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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Parent to Parent: Protecting Your Child in the Cyber Age

I used to think the terrible two’s were bad.  In hind sight, I’m starting to think being a parent to a teen in this age is probably more terrifying. Thankfully my son is just a 5 year old now, but the fact that he is asking me for a tablet boggles my mind. Whatever happened to trains and […]

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