#NOPORNOVEMBER

November 1, 2018, Orlando, FL Did you know that 88% of the most downloaded or rented pornography videos include violence against women?  Did you know that 1/3 of young people have seen pornography by the age of 12? Did you know that 20% of all sexts are of photos of children, mostly girls under the age […]

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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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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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5 Minutes…

Did you know you can save lives with just 5 minutes of your time? For weeks, human trafficking advocates have encouraged state leaders to pass a bill that would require hotel and motel staff to receive training about human trafficking. It would also allow victims who were exploited in these establishments to sue if the businesses were […]

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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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First Home for Boys Opens

August 30, 2017, Tampa, FL When most people think of sex trafficking victims, minds typically go to young, vulnerable girls. However, we have helped quite a few young men who have been exploited. Most of the time it is very difficult to find a safe place for them to heal. Until now, there were no […]

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Trafficking in Persons in 2017

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2017 In 2001, the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons released the very first Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Trafficking in Persons is most often described as human trafficking. The State Department has released this report each year since 2001. The report ranks governments based on […]

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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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First Labor Trafficking Arrest in Lake County

April 12, 2017, Leesburg, FL Carlos Garcia-Diaz was arrested on charges of human trafficking of a child after forcing a 17-year-old girl to pick blueberries. This is the first arrest for forced labor for the Lake County Sheriff’s office. The Sheriff’s Office was tipped off about the girl by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division […]

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