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 […]

CONTINUE READING

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 […]

CONTINUE READING

10th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Join us for the 10th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This will be the best one yet! Here’s what we have in store for you this Saturday! In years past the event has been more of a drop-in day; however this year, you’ll want to make plans to be there from 10-3! Schedule 10 am – […]

CONTINUE READING

Trafficking in Massage Parlors

January 22, 2018, Orlando, FL We’ve all seen it, the massage parlor in the strip plaza with blacked-out windows, often advertising Asian massage for a very low rate. In Orlando, they’re everywhere – from Winter Park to Kissimmee and everywhere in between. What are these places really selling? Many of these establishments are fronts for […]

CONTINUE READING

Labor Day 2017

September 4, 2017, Orlando, FL Life in Southeast Asia was hard for Lucas* and his family. Low wages and poverty drove him to the United States with hopes of giving his family a better future. He left his wife and son to pursue the American dream. A company promised Lucas a work permit and Visa, […]

CONTINUE READING

Parents Find Child Online

Myrtle Beach, SC, August 28, 2017 Imagine the desperation you would feel if your daughter went missing. Fear turns to panic as days go by and police can’t find her. Her friends have no idea where she is but mentioned she spent a lot of time with an older man – something she kept hidden […]

CONTINUE READING

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 […]

CONTINUE READING

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 […]

CONTINUE READING

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 […]

CONTINUE READING

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 […]

CONTINUE READING
Change this in Theme Options
Change this in Theme Options