A former deputy police chief, Disney employee and two teachers among 160 people arrested in a Florida human trafficking investigation -Insider
PCSO assisted by other police departments, the State Attorney’s Office, and social services organizations conducted a seven-day undercover human trafficking operation, “Fall Haul 2”, which began on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. Two trafficking victims and five possible victims were identified.
Authorities arrested 160 people in “Operation Fall Haul 2” in Florida, including a former Georgia deputy chief, Disney employee, two teachers, and a state correction officer.
During the operation, detectives charged 160 suspects with 52 felonies and 216 misdemeanors, including 15 from other states and 1 from Puerto Rico. They seized cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA (Ecstasy), and marijuana from the suspects.
According to a press release by the Polk county sheriff’s office, three Florida school employees were also arrested in the operation. One of the teachers was caught trying to pay an undercover detective $40 for a sexual act.
The statement also cited 2 Disney employees who were arrested for responding to online escort ads. The statement said that prostitution is not a victimless crime and results in exploitation, disease, dysfunction, drug and alcohol addiction, violence, and broken families.
The sheriff’s office worked with One More Child, Heartland for Children, My Name My Voice, and the Children’s Home Society of Florida to provide support for victims of human trafficking.
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