Florida just can’t stay out of the news when it comes to trafficking humans who are usually being forced into prostitution. In recent blog updates, just in the last month alone, I’ve covered the following stories, all stemming from the Sunshine State.
- Kidnapped woman forced into prostitution in Miami finally gets free in South Beach
- Fort Myers prostitution scheme busted
- Prostitute and John Registry slated to open in Florida
- Lake Worth Pimp gets life
Those stories were all in the last thirty days! Florida clearly has a big problem, and today I’m here reporting more that I read on ABC Action News. Ugh!
Operation Trade Secrets Nets 85 Arrests
A human trafficking sting led to 85 arrests, thanks to the undercover operation titled “Operation Trade Secrets.”
In this operation, the Sheriff’s Office went undercover to hone in on activities taking place in motels, online, and at spa’s and massage parlors, as well as strip clubs. The investigation ran from January 1, 2019, until June 7, 2019.
Edie Rhea, the founder of a nonprofit called “The Healing Root Ministry,” was sold 25 years ago for sex. She feels the problem is more in the limelight than in prior times. However, she feels the progress is happening because of the increased activity and she feels people are seeing it and reporting it.
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The Sheriff went on record saying that as long as human trafficking is happening in Tampa, the operation will continue and they will seek out and punish people who are victimizing innocent people and ruining their freedom.
“Our message for anyone involved with the despicable practice of human trafficking— stop— because we’re coming for you,” Sheriff Chronister said.
Everyone else arrested, all 83 o them, were alleged John’s and prostitutes.
Florida has a major problem, and it exists on both coasts. We see it all over the Miami area, and now we’re clearly seeing it happen on the Gulf Coast. When will this stop? At least we are seeing progress in the form of arrests.