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123 people arrested in human trafficking sting in Florida, including a nurse and teacher

123 people have been arrested in a human trafficking operation in Florida over the past three months. According to the report, those arrested also include a spiritual leader, a nurse, and a teacher. WTVT.

The three-month operation was known as: Operation New Hope, carried out by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Human Trafficking Squad. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said detectives conducted multiple undercover searches of pedestrians and hotels and motels.

The operation also included online chat. During the virtual chat, detectives pretended to be minors available for sex. Chronister also noted that detectives lured predators by posing as guardians of minors who consented to sex acts.

According to the report, Chronister said they decided to conduct the operation during the holidays, when children are out of school and online participation increases.

“I wanted to ensure that children were protected, and that people who wanted to pay for sex, who wanted to fuel the sex industry, didn't get a free pass for the holidays. '' Chronister said.

Chronister said a basketball coach, a spiritual teacher and a nurse were involved after authorities arrested 123 people charged with human trafficking-related crimes.

“They are the ones who betrayed our trust,” he said.

“These suspects know what they are doing is wrong. Even some of the suspects who have been arrested are showing a trend. “He takes his cell phone somewhere else before he shows up to do something,” said Sheriff Chronister. . “They know what they're doing is wrong.”

fox news digital report Since its inception, the Anti-Trafficking Unit has successfully arrested 604 people and prosecuted 36 people for human trafficking-related offenses.

“What's even more impressive to me is the fact that this unit rescued 28 victims from the clutches of human trafficking,” Chronister said. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the men and women on this team, 28 lives were saved.”

Chronister went on to say that those involved know they are wrong. The report said men often leave their mobile phones behind before coming to have sex with minors so their wives won't know where they are.

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