A series of busts coordinated by local law enforcement and the FBI this month revealed a wide network of child sex slavery, resulting in 84 children being rescued.
“Child sex trafficking is happening in every community across America…” said John Clark, the President and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
One of the stings, executed in Polk County, Florida, resulted in 277 arrests, all part of an operation dubbed “Operation No Tricks, No Treats,” which ran from last Tuesday to this Monday.
“That’s the most we have ever arrested in the history of the sheriff’s office,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.
Of the horrifying details emerging so far, one of the most disturbing is the fact that many of the arrested hold high-ranking and respected positions in society, ranging from doctors to military officers to pharmacists and more.
As reported by The Free Thought Project:
“According to the sheriff’s office, as reported by WFLA, 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.”
Most startling of all was the arrest of Sergeant Luis Diaz, an active (at the time of arrest) member of the Sheriff’s department—he’s now resigned after serving for 17 years.
Despite the grim details in Sheriff Judd’s sting, the FBI also conducted an operation this month, but this one was even more horrific.
Conducted in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the bust resulted in 120 arrested human traffickers and the rescuing of 84 children.
The youngest “child” was actually a baby 3 months old…..
As reported by Myrtle Beach Online, raids were executed in casinos, truck stops, hotels, and online, with the average age of victim being 15 years old.
“…at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, we’re working to combat this problem every day,” added NCMEC President John Clark, “We’re proud to work with the FBI on Operation Cross Country to help find and recover child victims. We hope OCC generates more awareness about this crisis impacting our nation’s children.”
Chiming in on the shocking findings, FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “We at the FBI have no greater missions than to protect our nation’s children from harm. Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested—and the number of children recovered—reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work.”