human trafficking

Bail denied for sex trafficking suspect

Bail denied for sex trafficking suspect

The man accused of running a human trafficking ring that stretched into Gulf Breeze and Pensacola massage parlors will not be eligible for bail, according to an order issued by a federal judge Sept. 6. In the Order of Detention issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Hope Thai Cannon, the judge cited concerns that the defendant […]

Human trafficking ring allegations reach Gulf Breeze, Pensacola

Human trafficking ring allegations reach Gulf Breeze, Pensacola

A Pensacola business owner arrested Aug. 16 faces allegations of operating a human trafficking ring under the guise of Asian massage parlors in multiple states, including locations in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. David C. Williams, 41, has been was arrested for using interstate facilities for purposes of racketeering, money laundering conspiracy and the harboring of […]

The Secret Place offers teen victims hope

The Secret Place offers teen victims hope

When Alicia Tappan was a junior in high school outside the state of Florida, she had the world before her. She was headed to college on a scholarship with plans to become a doctor. She was a self-described social butterfly with high grades and a typical family. Read the full article in the May 2 […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. IN TRUMP’S ORBIT, SHIFTING EXPLANATIONS The president’s knowledge of any payments to women who claim to have been mistresses shift as his legal exposure grows. 2. SENATE TO VOTE ON AID TO YEMEN Lawmakers may decide to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke the kingdom after the […]

Health care providers take on human trafficking

Health care providers take on human trafficking

In the fight against human trafficking, health care providers are uniquely positioned to notice red flags. With this in mind, Baptist Health Care hosted a training course Nov. 29 to help them identify and assist victims. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

#GivingTuesday results in thousands for nonprofits

#GivingTuesday results in thousands for nonprofits

November is the month of money for Navarre as local nonprofit groups received thousands of dollars in donations as part of #GivingTuesday and other fundraising events. The largest recipient of the November love was Refuge for Women of the Emerald Coast. Refuge for Women is national program that offers victims of human trafficking a safe […]

Refuge for Women receives $10,000 pledge

Refuge for Women receives $10,000 pledge

An anonymous donor has come forward to offer local victims of sex trafficking a safe place to heal. He has pledged to match every dollar donated in November to Refuge for Women of the Emerald Coast, up to $10,000. Refuge City Director Michelle Jones said she is thrilled. “This donor says there is a huge […]

Freedom Motorcycle Ride for Human Trafficking

The Refuge for Women Emerald Coast presents the Freedom Motorcycle Ride for Human Trafficking from 8 to 5 p.m. All proceeds and donations will go towards Refuge for Women Emerald Coast safe house. The event will kick off at Harley Davidson in Pensacola, 6385 Pensacola Blvd. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and kick stands […]

Top 5 events this week

Top 5 events this week

Juana Good Time Regatta The Juana Good Time Regatta at Juana’s Pagodas is designed for both experienced and novice racers on Navarre Beach Sept. 8-10. It is open to all sizes of multihull sailboats, from beach cats and trimarans to cruisers. For schedule of events, visit www.juanaspagodas.com.   Fish Fry The Holley Navarre Senior Center’s […]

Refuge for Women luncheon raises funds and awareness

Refuge for Women luncheon raises funds and awareness

Dozens gathered Saturday at the Freedom and Hope Luncheon at the Days Inn and Suites Conference Center in Navarre to learn more about the struggles of human trafficking and the road to recovery for those that escape. The fundraising event benefited Refuge for Women of the Emerald Coast. Read the full article in the May […]

Freedom & Hope Luncheon

Come enjoy a time of fellowship, music, lunch, a silent auction and a story of hope to benefirt the Emerald Coast Refuge for Women. There will be a special worship performance by Phil Stacey, an American Idol contestant. The guest speaker is Melissa Woodward King, sharing her inspiring story of strength and victory. Luncheon will be […]

Danger lurks in phone apps

Danger lurks in phone apps

Social media applications and websites have allowed more people to be connected than ever before across vast distances. Some of these apps and sites even make it possible for users to meet complete strangers in their area, but there is danger in these tools. Bullies use them to target children even when they are at […]

Jones brings voice for trafficking victims

Jones brings voice for trafficking victims

When Michelle Jones stood before the Rotary Club of Navarre, she spoke on behalf of the victims of human trafficking. It is not their fault that they are in that situation, Jones told the group. Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online for as little as $38 per […]

Car wash raises funds for human trafficking shelter

Car wash raises funds for human trafficking shelter

Refuge for Women of the Emerald Coast held a car wash and cook out Saturday at Keller Williams Dream Team office on Navarre Parkway to raise donations for a shelter for human trafficking victims to serve the region. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Human trafficking happens here too

Human trafficking happens here too

At 4 years old, while other little girls were having pretend tea parties with friends and parents, Melissa Woodward … Read the series of articles on human trafficking in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.  

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Tomorrow morning, Navarre locals Doug, Deborah and Paul Gilmore will wake with the sun in the heart of rural Nicaragua to begin a long day of feeding, building and preaching to the impoverished locals. The Gilmore family is on their eighth mission trip to Nicaragua as part of Light and Life Missions program, a group […]

From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare

From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare

One wrong click by your child on your unmonitored computer could spell disaster or just an innocent sleepover gone wrong as 16-year-old Shauna Newell of Pensacola learned in 2006.  “A mile a minute, that is how fast your child can disappear,” according to the Klaas Kids Foundation’s website.  Locally, Brad Dennis works as the director […]

Fort Walton couple arrested for human trafficking

Fort Walton couple arrested for human trafficking

Tyler Clayton Hale and Jennifer Leslie Pope were arrested and charged with Human Trafficking and Deriving Support from the Proceeds of Prostitution. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrest report says Hale was running a prostitution ring in both Okaloosa and Walton Counties that involved numerous adult girls and he advertised them on a website […]