Join us for a Fun Raiser at Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet Tomatoes will donate 20% of sales generated by your organization. Purchase a meal and a beverage* and enjoy a great meal and help a great organization! 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 

5:00 P.M to 8:00 p.m 

4678 East Colonial Drive 

Orlando, Fl


Wednesday, October 27, 2010
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
1902 No. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33607-2522
*1. All participants must purchase a beverage with their meal in order to receive credit towards the organization. 2. Under no circumstances
are flyers to be handed out in the restaurant, parking lot or vicinity. Failure to comply will result in a voided contract. 3. Coupons or discounts
will not be honored in conjunction with any approved Fun-Raisers. 4. Must present this flyer at time of purchase. 5. Your receipt will be kept
and stapled to this form in order to add up the event’s sales.
HOUSEHOLD GUIDELINES: 1. For the safety of our guests, no horseplay, running or climbing at any time, please. 2. Please accompany small
children when visiting food bars. 3. It is very much appreciated when a supervisory person is present at a table of children.

*If you would like to attend this fun raiser and need us to email you the flyer that needs to be presented, please email us at Thank you!

The Washington Post will no longer accept massage parlor ads

Excellent News! Things are turning around in regards to sex trafficking. Let’s keep the momentum going with this issue. It would be wonderful to see other News papers no longer post massage parlor ads!

The Post, long criticized for running massage-parlor ads, has decided it will no longer accept them.

An internal note, e-mailed Tuesday to The Post’s advertising staff, said: “This is to let you know that The Washington Post will no longer accept advertisements for massage parlor businesses.”

The Post had been accepting the ads if the enterprises offered proof of a valid business license from the jurisdiction where they were located. “If we learned that a specific business was not operating within the law, we would discontinue their advertising,” the note said.

But in examining that policy in recent years, it continued, “we have seen law enforcement identify a number of such businesses as being engaged in illegal activities. We have also been directed to postings on adult websites from customers of these businesses that refer to illegal activities taking place at these establishments.”

“It has become clear to us that our existing standards needed to evolve,” it added. “We have therefore decided not to accept such advertisements going forward.”

The note was written by Stuart C. McKeel, a top official in The Post’s advertising department. He referred questions about the new policy to Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti. If she has anything to add, I’ll update.

The Post often has been criticized by organizations and readers who have asserted that the massage parlors or “spas” in the ads are really thinly-veiled houses of prostitution.

In a blog last year, the head of the Washington-based Polaris Project, which combats international trafficking in women, wrote:

“Ever wonder where traffickers advertise their victims? Turns out it’s in one of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers — The Washington Post. Advertisements for massage parlors that are often front for brothels selling trafficked women are run in The Post every day, despite the fact that the publication has reported on human trafficking in massage parlors.”

It continued: “These women are often offered legitimate jobs, but then forced into prostitution. Many are unable to leave the brothel. Several are threatened with gang violence and others are threatened with harm to family members if they tried to leave. Some women are in debt bondage, and most have some type of sexual violence or coercion from customers frequenting the brothels. All of them want to escape.”

The Post’s new policy was first disclosed Tuesday in the “Faster Forward” blog written by the paper’s consumer technology columnist, Rob Pegoraro. He was writing about the aftermath of the recent decision by Craigslist to no longer accept “adult services” advertisements on its popular classified-ad Web site following pressure from public officials.

The Post’s acceptance of the ads had also been criticized by my predecessor, Deborah Howell, who wrote about the issue in a 2006 ombudsman’s column. At the time, she noted that The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times had already decided not to accept massage parlor ads.

Fair Trade Month

Did you know that October is Fair Trade month? We it is. So what exactly does Fair Trade mean? Fair trade is a financial relationship between producers, sellers, and consumers based on the principle of equity within the exchange of goods. Equity is achieved via creating a platform for trade that is transparent and therefore accountable for the just treatment of all producers. This includes providing market avenues that allow marginalized producers the opportunity to sell, ensuring humane working conditions, and all the while protecting environmental and cultural factors that play into the production process. There are nine main principles by which all fair trade abides: create opportunities for marginalized producers, develop transparent relationships, build capacity, promote fair trade, pay promptly and fairly, support empowering working conditions, ensure children’s rights, cultivate environmental stewardship, and respect cultural identity. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers and gold.The practice of fair trade places the communities involved in both selling and buying products as the primary focus, attempting to create a partnership which is beneficial to both parties.

So why is a anti trafficking organization promoting Fair Trade. Unfortunately most of the companies who are not fair trade certified have enslaved children and are exploiting them in order to make larger profits. It is horrible to see children as young as 3 be treated like animals and be forced to work in factories and fields that are potentially dangerous for them. Child slavery is a serious issue and we need to do everything we can to help fight it.
Please take the time to learn more about Fair Trade. This is one of the ways we can fight the demand of child labor trafficking!
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Man who authorities believe was running teen prostitution ring arrested after chase

I am glad to see that more victims of domestic minor sex trafficking are being rescued and that their pimps are being arrested. This is wonderful to see as too many pimps have gone unscathed, while the victims are penalized. This type of news is what helps the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking staff continue to do the job that we do. It is pertinent to continue educating our community on this issue as this is truly the only way we all can help rescue victims of human trafficking.

Man who authorities believe was running teen prostitution ring arrested after chase
September 30, 2010 | 2:45 pm
A man who authorities believe was running a teen-prostitution operation involving runaway girls was charged Thursday with human trafficking of a minor, soliciting and pandering of a minor and burglary, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Leroy Bragg was arrested Tuesday night in Hawthorne by officers from the LAPD’s vice squad after leading authorities on a chase after fleeing an apartment complex.

Police were conducting a search of the apartment and looking for a 14-year-old Upland girl when Bragg fled, the Daily Breeze reported. The girl is still missing.

Thursday’s charges involve a 13-year-old girl, according to Jane Robinson of the district attorney’s office. Bragg, 34, was being held on $1.3-million bail.

The Upland girl may have been taken from her home by people with ties to the alleged prostitution operation, according to the Daily Breeze.

If convicted, the case would constitute a third strike for Bragg, who has prior convictions for residential burglary, according to documents in the case.

The Governator helps California remain as the leading state in the fight against Human Trafficking

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has singed two major bills that will help anti trafficking organizations in the fight against human trafficking. The first bill,which was approved on Thursday, SB677, allows courts to seize any property used to facilitate human trafficking. It also imposes civil penalties of up to $25,000.

The second, SB657, requires major retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to disclose on their websites any steps they take to ensure their product supply chains are free of slavery and trafficking.

Both of the bills will be key to help all anti trafficking efforts in California. I especially like SB657, as this will bring some accountability to many of these companies that rely on child slavery to make the products that we all purchase. I am hoping  that with this new bill, people throughout the country will realize how much we truly depend on slaves. It is shocking to see how many of our products were made by slaves, mainly children.

So what can we as Floridians do to follow in the footsteps of California. The first thing we need to do is work together. Unfortunately in Florida, there are too many people who have joined the fight against human trafficking for all of the wrong reasons. Once we can all come together, we need to continue educating our family, friends, co workers and others on this issue. And not just the issue of sex trafficking. We need to educate people on human trafficking, which includes labor trafficking, domestic servitude and organ trafficking. Once we have all been educated, we need to contact our state representatives and let them know that  more laws need to be passed that will ensure that traffickers will be penalized and that human trafficking survivors will receive any and every service they are entitled to be able to move forward with their lives. We want laws that will ensure that workers in our agricultural , hospitality and medical industries will be protected from being exploited.

I myself have been working in this field for over 3 years. It has been great to see more people become aware of the problem of sex trafficking, but believe me when I say this. We still have a long way to go. So if any in the State of Florida is up for a challenge and wants to join the abolitionist movement, feel free to contact us. I am hopeful that one day the state of Florida will be the leader in the fight against human trafficking!

New charges for city man accused of running Internet prostitution ring

New charges for city man accused of running Internet prostitution ring



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Prosecutors this morning filed new and more serious charges, including sexual exploitation of children and unlawful contact with a minor, against a Reading man previously charged with running a city-based Internet prostitution ring.

Paul S. Sewell, 44, of the 200 block of North 10th Street, was arraigned by District Judge Wally Scott on more than 150 counts after he was brought into Scott’s courtroom in prison shackles for his scheduled preliminary hearing on the previous charges.

A former bounty hunter who called himself “God,” Sewell waived all the charges to Berks County Court and was returned to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $5 million bail. Scott raised his bail from $1 million.

Sewell is being jailed in the Schuylkill jail at the request of Berks County Prison officials, who said they want to avoid any problems between him and inmates he may have dealt with when he was a bounty hunter.

The new charges were filed as a result of an ongoing investigation that determined that he employed a 16-year-old girl as part of the organization, prosecutors said.

Sewell was arrested July 28 as he delivered one of his prostitutes to an undercover detective at a hotel in Wyomissing, investigators said.

District Attorney John T. Adams said the arrest of Sewell followed a nine-month investigation by members of the Berks County Drug Task Force.

Among the new charges against Sewell include prostitution, participating in a corrupt organization, dealing with the proceeds of unlawful activity, sexual abuse of children, unlawful contact with a minor, sexual exploitation of children, possessing child pornography and conspiracy.

Sewell uttered profanities to a reporter when he was asked for a comment after he was led from the courtroom by constables after the hearing.

Sewell applied to become a police officer in the 1980s but was thrown out of the Reading police academy after an incident at the pistol range. He worked as a constable in Kutztown but was fired after an incident in a borough bar. Sewell was also found guilty of impersonating a police officer while working for a city bail bonding agency.

Investigators said Sewell had a stable of up to 20 women of all ages and nationalities working at one time. Sewell advertised on a website he controlled under the name “Cash Money Brothers” and also on Facebook and Craigslist, investigators said.

Prices on the site ranged from $145 per hour to $800 for the night and $2,500 for the weekend.

Sewell told investigators the business brought in $150,000 in 2009.

Investigators initially said they believed some of the females working for Sewell were minors.

After choosing a woman, investigators said, customers would call Sewell to work out the details and arrange to have sex at one of the two row houses he owned in the 200 block of North 10th and the 200 block of Fisher Court, which is directly behind the 10th Street house.

Sewell also offered to deliver the women to customers at hotels or residences as part of an “outcall service,” Adams said.

Undercover investigators arranged to have sex for money with Sewell’s women on three separate occasions – once at one of the city houses and two other times at hotels in Wyomissing, authorities said. Sewell delivered the women to the Wyomissing hotels, investigators said.

Three women who agreed to have sex for money with the detectives were charged with prostitution and related offenses and conspiracy.

Update on the Shaniya Davis Case

No charges for social workers in NC child’s death

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Cumberland County prosecutor is not going to file criminal charges against local social services workers who handled the case of a young girl who was killed.

Multiple media outlets reported that District Attorney Ed Grannis was critical Thursday of both the county’s department of social services and the State Bureau of Investigation, which first examined the case.

Grannis said the local DSS “dropped the ball” when it came to helping police during the investigation.

The mother of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis is charged with child abuse involving prostitution. The girl was taken from a mobile home park in November and later found dead alongside a road. Mario Andrette McNeill, who was seen with the girl on a hotel surveillance video, is charged with kidnapping, rape and murder.