BREAKING: Trump Administration And Florida Police Team Up To TAKE DOWN A Child Sex Trafficking Network In MASSIVE Sting OPERATION

By John Paluska, Founder of The Daily Fodder

The U.S. Marshal's Service, Department of Justice, Department Of Homeland Security, and Tallahassee Police Department teamed up in a massive sting operation that shut down 170 sex traffickers and pedophiles that was sparked by the rescue of a sex-trafficked teenage girl. One of the arrested alleged criminals included a write-in candidate during the elections and a P.E. teacher.

In a press release from the Department of Justice concerning the operation, "These cases resulted from investigations by the Tallahassee Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshal Service, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. The federal cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Spaven."

The operation was called Operation Stolen Innocence and was the first major sting operation on sex trafficking in months. Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, stated in a press conference that it was the partnership between state and federal law enforcement that these sex traffickers were put behind bars.

Operation “Stolen Innocence” is an excellent example – of how all levels of Law Enforcement – can “put it all together and get it done” – to take down a child sex trafficking network – right here in this community.

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State Attorney Jack Campbell – Police Chief Lawrence Revell – Sheriff Walt McNeil – and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement – and the dedicated law enforcement professionals who work with them – have truly been the 'front line' of this Operation.

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Federal law enforcement brings some key resources to support our State and Local Partners.

These resources include – skilled federal prosecutors, expert investigators, amazing technical tools and – very importantly – “Victim Assistance Specialists.”

 According to The Hill, 106 of the alleged sex traffickers were charged with sexually assaulting minors. The full readout of the charges leveled against them included "felony counts of human trafficking," "lewd and lascivious battery on a child under 16," and "production and possession of child pornography."

Tallahassee Police Department Chief Lawrence Revell stated in a press conference that the operation may have been the largest in the police department's history and that "The investigation uncovered an enormous amount of electronic evidence that required months to evaluate. The electronic evidence helped investigators further develop the case and determine how many suspects were involved and to what extent."

Further, the Department of Homeland Security's special agent in charge of the operation, Kevin Sibley, stated to The Hill that "It is difficult to comprehend the depravity of these criminals who prey on the most innocent in our society."

According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are more than 199,000 cases of sex trafficking a year in the United States.


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