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 – […]

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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 […]

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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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Orlando Ranks #3

September 19, 2017, Orlando, FL Have you ever wondered, “How bad is human trafficking in my city?” When asked about Orlando, we always reply, “It’s bad, very bad.” Every day we assist victims of human trafficking and hear their stories. We know how many people FA serves but how does this compare to other cities? […]

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Senator Nelson Invites FA to Testify

  Washington, D.C., July 12, 2017   U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL-D) opened the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with the words, “Human trafficking is a horrific crime. It is a widespread problem that requires us to put all solutions on the table.” These words set the stage for the Senate hearing focusing […]

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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 […]

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Hundreds Gather at State Capitol

April 13, 2017, Tallahassee, FL Florida Abolitionist staff and volunteers were on hand to participate in the inaugural Human Trafficking Advocacy Day at the State Capitol building in Tallahassee, FL. The day began with a prayer breakfast where advocates and state leaders were moved to get involved by keeping victim care at the forefront. Dr. Joel […]

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Human Trafficking Sting Nets 104 Arrests

March 21, 2017, Polk County, FL A six-day undercover human trafficking sting resulted in 104 arrests in Polk County, FL. The arrests include people who advertised online for sex or responded to internet-based ads set up by undercover agents. Among those arrested include Dirk Watson, an Air Force captain and Little League coach. Watson traveled […]

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50% Rise in Human Trafficking Cases: Behind the Numbers

January 18, 2017 Orlando, FL – This week, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) reported that there were 1,892 reports of human trafficking of minors last year. That’s a staggering 54 percent increase from 2015. Does this mean that our state is losing the battle against this horrible crime? The numbers might seem […]

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A New Day

When victims are exploited by human trafficking, what happens next? When they are recovered, where do they go? How do they heal? This is a question Florida Abolitionist has been answering for years, but the answer is changing. Today, Florida Abolitionist celebrated the Grand Opening of it’s new offices on the property of Calvary Orlando […]

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