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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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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Backpage CEO Pleads Guilty

April 12, 2018, Sacramento, CA Thursday, Backpage CEO, Carl Ferrer pled guilty to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at Backpage.com, authorities said. Backpage brought in half a billion dollars since the company began in 2004. Most of its revenue has come from an […]

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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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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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