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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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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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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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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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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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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