Teenager uncovers Florida sex trafficking ring: 178 defendants fall

Authorities brought serious criminal charges against 106 people and another 72 were charged with misdemeanors as part of the so-called Operation Stolen Innocence.

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EFE

12:25 PM / 18/11/2020

A 13-year-old minor, who sold her body online, uncovered a pornography ring that began with an operation in Tallahassee (Florida) and resulted in at least 178 accusations against people of all walks of life and professions in the southeastern United States.

The minor, who was not identified and is in rehab, had grotesque communications with her clients, according to hundreds of pages of arrest records.

Authorities brought serious criminal charges against 106 people and another 72 were charged with misdemeanors as part of the so-called Operation Stolen Innocence.

Most of the suspects arrested were charged with serious crimes related to the production of child pornography and the sex trafficking of minors.

“When you can go online and order a pizza and a girl at the same time, and the girl shows up at your door before pizza, our society is in trouble. Well, that’s where we are. It’s incredibly accessible,” he told the channel News Channel 8 Detective Elizabeth Bascom.

The Tallahassee Police Department investigator, who discovered the victim being sold online, said surprisingly all of the arrests are related to the minor.

He stressed that he had never seen anything so prolific.

“The same number. All day, every day, all the time requests and sexual activity and talk about cash and clear meeting,” he said.

The investigation began in November 2018, after Tallahassee Police were informed of an obscure website that appeared to show the 13-year-old girl (currently 15) being used to do pornography.

Six agencies, led by the Tallahassee Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security, carried out the operation, which includes defendants of all economic levels and backgrounds in Florida Alabama and Mississippi.

Florida is one of the five states with the highest human trafficking in the country.

Last year, 1,887 victims, 427 traffickers and 243 trafficking companies were identified, according to data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

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