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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3 Men Charged

July 16, Orlando, FL Three men were charged with human trafficking of an underage girl in Osceola County yesterday. Timothy White contacted the teen through social media and eventually convinced her to run away from the group foster home where she lived in Tampa. She ran away and met White at a model in Central […]

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Israel Takes Stand

June 20, 2018 Until now, prostitution has been a legal activity in the State of Israel. But a new law was just passed that makes paying for sex a crime – a move the country believes will help stop human trafficking. Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said, “Prostitution is ethically problematic and harms and objectifies the […]

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Child Pornography Sting

June 6, 2018, Orlando, FL This week, 11 men were arrested in Polk County. They face a combined total of 660 felony charges for child pornography. This is just one of many stings carried out in Polk County to protect our children. Across the nation and world, our children are being used and abused. We […]

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Ocala Man Guilty of Human Trafficking

April 28, 2018, Ocala, FL Today in Ocala, Florida, Ryan Poole was sentenced to 30 years in prison for human trafficking. Marion County Detective Zackary Hughes said, “This was the fourth case of human trafficking case in Marion County’s history, and the first one to ever go in front of a jury.” A jury that […]

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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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