More than 170 people have been charged in Florida child sex trafficking case
In the results of two-year investigation called “Operation Stolen Innocence” more than 100 people have been charged in connection with the abuse of a Florida teenager.
It was reported that the victim was 13-year-old only when the abuse began. The authorities launched the investigation when they spotted the girl in an online sec-for-pay listing. She instantly started cooperating with the authorities when they approached her.
The name of the victim has not been revealed in order to protect her identity.
The months of the operation brought to the arrest of more than 100 people. 106 people have been charged with human trafficking, lewd and lascivious battery on a child under 16 and production and possession of child pornography. The others, 76 people, have been charged with misdemeanor charges, like solicitation of prostitution.
Authorities said that the meetings were arranged over text messages on social media and apps which then was used by the investigators as the graphic evidence, according to Tallahassee Democrat.
“The arrests in this operation are the culmination of the diligent work from our dedicated investigators, who have worked tirelessly to bring justice to the victims in this case,” Tallahassee police chief Lawrence Revell said during a press conference on Tuesday.
It's unclear whether the girl’s mother was involved in the crimes.
“I cannot say enough about the work that you all did and how proud I am of each of you.”