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 […]

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Orange County Approves Human Trafficking Shelter

  November 1, 2016 “Our greatest need is a safe place to take victims” was the response when Orange County Commissioner, Pete Clarke, met Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) detectives two years ago and asked about the issue of human trafficking. Now that need is one step closer to being met. Today the Orange County Commission […]

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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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Governor Rick Scott to Visit Kristi House for Ceremonial Bill Signing of HB99 and HB7049

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 MIAMI, FL, Jun 12, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Kristi House, Miami-Dade County’s children’s advocacy center that provides services and system coordination for child victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, today welcomes Governor Rick Scott for the ceremonial signing of HB99 and HB7049. Gov. Scott will be joined by Attorney […]

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Central Florida a Focus of Battle Against Human Trafficking

ORLANDO, Florida – A judicial district in Central Florida is second in the number of child sexual-exploitation and slavery cases in the United States. “The problem in Central Florida is serious,” Michael Masto, Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the investigation of child slavery and trafficking cases at the Tampa office of U.S. Immigration and […]

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Tampa man accused of pimping teen at Orlando hotel

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel 3:08 p.m. EST, February 14, 2012 A Tampa man was arrested on sex-trafficking charges in Orlando on Friday, an arrest report states, accused of selling sex with a 16-year-old girl. The report states that agents of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation arrested 24-year-old Jeremy Coburn on Friday at the Hyatt […]

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Jacksonville Beach mother accused of selling sex with daughter for drugs

By Jim Schoettler JACKSONVILLE BEACH – Police accused a Jacksonville Beach mother Monday of repeatedly selling sex with her 6-year-old daughter for drugs and money, but her mother said the woman was also a victim of drug dealers. Dalina J. Nicholas, 35, is being held on a child-neglect warrant in the investigation, which began in early […]

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Natalie Grant’s ‘Team Freedom’ Raises $60K To Combat Sex Trafficking

On SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26th, CURB RECORDS artist NATALIE GRANT and RTN Contemporary Christian WJIS (THE JOY FM)/SARASOTA, FL PD/morning show co-host CARMEN BROWN, along with 132 team members, ran the 2012 DISNEY HALF PRINCESS MARATHON in ORLANDO.  What was dubbed “TEAM FREEDOM” raised nearly $60,000 for GRANT’s foundation ABOLITION INTERNATIONAL. The organization works to combat […]

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Let’s Break Mental, Emotional Chains of Human Trafficking

BY KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE www.miamisao.com Human trafficking crimes occur on the shadowy edges of daily existence. Effectively exposing this problem, allowing knowledge and awareness to shine a bright light on these very dark crimes are important early steps in our efforts to end human trafficking. International Human Trafficking Awareness Day was memorialized on Jan. 11, […]

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Can the Government Force Suspects to Decrypt Incriminating Files?

John Villasenor, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation Slate.com March 06, 2012 — In October 2010, law enforcement agents pursuing a child pornography investigation tracked a Florida man suspected of sharing illegal images to a hotel room in California. After obtaining a search warrant, they raided the room, seizing computers and hard […]

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