Florida Ranks Third in Federal Cases

October 17, 2018, Orlando, FL According to a recent report issued by the Human Trafficking Institute, Florida ranked third in human trafficking cases actively prosecuted in federal court last year. The detailed report utilized court documents from across the country to provide a good look at human trafficking in the justice system. While many survivors […]

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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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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.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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Trafficking Websites Will Be Liable

March 28, 2018, Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act. The bill had bipartisan support and passed with a consensus of 97-2. SESTA amends Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a federal provision which has protected online publishers from being held liable for third-parties using their sites […]

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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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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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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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