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Florida Cracks Down on Human Trafficking, Arrests Over 120

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Over the past three months, a Florida human trafficking operation led to the arrest of 123 individuals, including a teacher, nurse, and spiritual leader.

The operation involved various tactics such as hotel/motel and online chat stings, targeting individuals seeking to engage in sexual activities with minors.

The arrests were made by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Human Trafficking Squad, reflecting a commitment to protecting vulnerable community members. (Trending: Trump Defies Court And Delivers Closing Argument At Civil Fraud Trial)

“The arrests made by our dedicated Human Trafficking Squad transcend mere statistics,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said.

“They represent our commitment to protect the innocent and a persistent effort to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our community.”

“I wanted to ensure that our children would be protected and those wanting to pay for sex and wanting to fuel the sex trade were not getting a free pass because of the holidays,” Chronister said.

“These are individuals who betrayed our trust,” he added.

“What I find even more impressive is the fact this squad has rescued 28 victims from the grips of human trafficking,” Chronister said.

Notably, the team has rescued 28 victims and arrested a total of 604 individuals since its establishment.

“That is 28 people whose lives were saved thanks to the hard work and dedication of the men and women on this team.”

The sheriff emphasized that those arrested knowingly engaged in wrongful activities, demonstrating awareness of their actions.

“They know what they are doing is wrong,” Chronister said.

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