November 21, 2020 | From Christian Headlines
More than 170 people are facing charges as part of a two-year investigation into a sex trafficking network in Florida.
As The Christian Post reports, the Tallahassee Police Department announced this week that Operation Stolen Innocence had led to an “unprecedented” number of arrests. The investigation started in 2018 after police investigators discovered images of a child on a website advertising sex for money.
“This investigation is a testament to how diligent our investigators work to enhance the quality of life for everyone in this community, especially our vulnerable population,” Police Chief Lawrence Revell said in a statement Tuesday. . . .
Charges range from solicitation of prostitution to human trafficking of a minor. Tallahassee Police say 106 suspects were charged with felonies and 72 face misdemeanors and notices to appear. Eighteen face federal charges.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, those arrested included a local candidate for office, a teacher and a former chairman of the fundraising office for Florida State University athletics.
The young girl in the photo police discovered is “on the road to recovery.” Police say she intends to testify in the case.
Police worked with the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida and the U.S. Marshals Service.
“It is difficult to comprehend the depravity of these criminals who prey on the most innocent in our society,” said Deputy Special Agent Kevin Sibley, who leads the DHS investigations team in the Tampa area. “Thanks to the collective efforts of the Tallahassee Police Department and HSI special agents, our local communities are significantly safer today as a result of this investigation.”
(Excerpt from Christian Headlines. Article by Amanda Casanova. Photo Credit: Unsplash.)