Attorney General Bondi's Weekly Briefing
This week, I convened a meeting of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking in Tampa alongside dedicated leaders from across Florida. I had the pleasure of unveiling the HumanTraffickingSummit.com website where you can find information about the 2018 Florida Human Trafficking Summit on Oct. 1, 2018 in Orlando. The one-day summit will bring together more than 1,000 registrants to participate in workshops and training opportunities covering ways to eradicate all forms of human trafficking.
I encourage everyone to visit the website for information about how to participate in this year’s Summit.
For more information on the 2018 Human Trafficking Summit, click here.
Registration for this event opens July 1, 2018. Click here for a registration form.
During the meeting, I was also encouraged by representatives from two service providers who presented updates about efforts to provide a safe haven for victims of human trafficking. We must do everything we can to protect victims of human trafficking, and as a state we continue to progress towards this goal.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery that exploits an estimated 20 million people worldwide, including innocent children, women and men––with the average age of children enslaved for commercial sex between 12 and 14. Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Just last week my office secured a prison sentence for monster convicted of human trafficking and branding of a young victim. A Marion County judge sentenced Ryan Poole to 30 years in state prison. This is Florida’s first conviction under the state’s branding statute. I want to thank my Statewide Prosecutors Julie Sercus and Rita Peters for their resolve and determination in this case. I will continue to make it my mission to bring light to victims and the darkness of a prison cell to their predators.
Attorney General Bondi Files Lawsuit Against Farm-to-Table Restaurants’ Deceptive Claims
Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a complaint against Icebox Cafe, L.C. and Icebox Cafe at MIA, LLC, Miami restaurants, for allegedly supplying non-locally sourced or sustainable products as claimed on restaurant menus. Icebox Cafe at MIA, a self-proclaimed farm-to-table eatery, allegedly misled customers by claiming the restaurant received state certification as a local provider and sold local products. However, national food distributor, SYSCO, provided much of the food sold.
“Many Floridians want to know where and how their food was grown, and we will not stand for any restaurant misrepresenting the origin of the produce they sell to deceive customers seeking locally-sourced, fresh food,” said Attorney General Bondi. More.
Man Arrested for Grand Theft of More Than $50,000 in Illegitimate Purchases
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Daytona Beach Police Department and the Lantana Police Department announced the arrest of Michael Lane Tolan, 24, of Estherville, Iowa. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tolan based on an affidavit filed by FDLE agents for felony grand theft involving the purchasing of more than $50,000 in illegitimate sneakers, sportswear and cars.
During the investigation, the Lantana Police Department reported to FDLE that Tolan stole from car dealerships and retail stores throughout Florida. The investigation revealed Tolan entered several Orlando area locations of a retail chain and made more than $50,000 in illegitimate purchases. Also, the defendant allegedly fraudulently purchased two used cars at separate dealerships. Tolan manipulated the credit card machine causing it to generate a receipt even though the purchase remained invalid. More.
Attorney General Pam Bondi convening the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking meeting this week in Tampa.
To view the human trafficking meeting in its entirety on the Florida Channel click here.
Attorney General Bondi recognizing National Day of Prayer and asking for continued prayers for our brave men and women protecting our country both at home and abroad.