A human trafficking ring has exposed corruption in Florida.
Police officers and doctors were among some of the 277 people arrested after a huge sting into human trafficking and prostitution was implemented.
Officer Luis Diaz was forced to resign after 17 years with the force after being found to be embroiled in the ring, supposedly paying for illegal sex.
The arrests were made in Polk County as part of what was dubbed ‘Operation No Tricks, No Treats’ which started on Monday 10th October and lasted for 6 days.
Of the 277 arrested were respected members of society including police officers, pharmacists and even doctors.
The exposure of this ring has revealed just how rife the human trafficking business in in the U.S, with comments being made about how it is happening in every community in America.
In a statement released by the police, they said:
“’Operation No Tricks, No Treats’ started last Tuesday, October 10 and ran through Monday, October 16. During that time, undercover detectives posted fake ads or profiles online posing as prostitutes or someone who solicits prostitutes. Other detectives responded to profiles and ads posted by prostitutes.
According to the sheriff’s office, 51 of the arrests were related to those who advertise as prostitutes online and 209 of the arrests were those who solicited undercover detectives posing as prostitutes. Seventeen arrests were made for other offenses.”
The sting was conducted by undercover police officers posing as punters looking for sex with prostitutes and minors, who were lured to Polk County where the first arrests were made.
There was a shocking number of high standing members of the community, including:
- Cancer surgeon at Tampa General Hospital
- Pediatrician at Health Care Alliance in Wesley Chapel
- Teacher from Lake Academy
- Active Colonel in the US Marine Corps
- Air Force veteran
- Retired Broward County deputy sheriff
- Retired police officer from Birmingham, Alabama