Sting Nets 103+1

December 3, 2018, Polk Co., FL  When William Welch showed up to meet a 14-year-old for sex, something didn’t look right. He had a sinking sensation that he was being watched so he ditched his car and took off on foot, disappearing into the night. Welch’s hunch was right. He had arranged a date with […]

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Human Trafficking Arrest near International Drive

October 24, 2018, Orlando, FL A 26-year-old has been arrested for selling two minors for sex in Orlando. Yankopoly Saint Pierre (right) is said to have given the runaways drugs and alcohol while posting ads for prostitution online. Saint Pierre arranged for paying customers to exploit the juveniles at the Ramada hotel on Jamaican Court, just off […]

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Child Today. Criminal Tomorrow.

October 2, 2018, Orlando, FL Imagine you have a 17-year-old niece named Stephanie. She loves dancing, movies, and spending time with her friends. One day a man starts talking to her online and promises her the world. Stephanie falls for his trap, hook, line, and sinker. He gets her hooked on drugs and begins selling […]

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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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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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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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Orlando Residents Commit to Stop Human Trafficking

January 27, 2018, Orlando, FL Orlando residents joined forces for a remarkable day. At the 10th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day, organizations and individuals from the community gathered together to bring an end to human trafficking. Tomas Lares, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Abolitionist started the event in 2009 at Lake Eola with a group […]

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