More than 70 people arrested in human trafficking sting in Hillsborough County including military memeber teacher and two sex offenders
A month-long federal investigation into a human-trafficking case ended up with the arrest of 71 people among who, police say, there are military members, firefighter and even an active Christmas school teacher.
According to Hillsborough County’s detectives, during the operation called “Operation Interception” they managed to track down and bust the members of a human trafficking sting in Tampa a month before the Super Bowl.
"All of these men have one thing in common: they did not care if the women they were going to have sex with were being exploited, forced to sell their bodies against their will," Sheriff Chad Chronister explained Monday.
All suspects are said to be in ages from 20 to 62. Sheriff Chad Chronister said that among the suspects they arrested an active military member, a Christian schoolteacher, a firefighter, a banker, construction workers, local business owners, and two registered sex offenders.
"With less than a month away from the big game, our covert operations continue and will continue seeking those who choose to sexually exploit others in our community," Chronister said. "The Super Bowl should not be a venue where these types of crimes occur on the sidelines whether it’s before the game, during the game, or after the game."
The investigators posted fake sex online ads and the female detectives posed as prostitutes.
"The reality is no one willingly chooses to enter the world of sexual exploitation," Chronister explained. "We have found that in many cases these individuals suffer from some type of victimization of rape or suffer from some type of substance abuse."