It seems we no longer have just the boogeyman to be afraid of. Monsters are real but they aren't under your bed waiting to grab your foot or in your closet waiting for you to turn your lights out. They are the well-liked neighbor next door, the accomplished surgeon at the best hospitals and the very people sworn to protect and serve. According to a report from Polk County, Florida, a human trafficking and prostitution sting executed just a few weeks ago, turned up more than just your average Johns. The 277 people arrested included doctors, pharmacists and law enforcement officials!
According to WFLA:
“Operation No Tricks, No Treats” started last Tuesday, October 10 and ran through Monday, October 16. During that time, undercover detectives posted fake ads or profiles online posing as prostitutes or someone who solicits prostitutes. Other detectives responded to profiles and ads posted by prostitutes.
According to the sheriff’s office, 51 of the arrests were related to those who advertise as prostitutes online and 209 of the arrests were those who solicited undercover detectives posing as prostitutes. Seventeen arrests were made for other offenses.
Sheriff Judd identified some of the suspects arrested in the undercover operation as doctors and pharmacists, former and current law enforcement officers, a lawyer, two men who traveled to have sex with minors and two sex offenders.
These are some of the men arrested that the sheriff identified:
Cancer surgeon at Tampa General Hospital
Pediatrician at Health Care Alliance in Wesley Chapel
Teacher from Lake Academy
Active Colonel in the US Marine Corps
Air Force veteran
Retired Broward County deputy sheriff
Retired police officer from Birmingham, Alabama
The sheriff’s office even caught one of their own. Former Sergeant Luis Diaz resigned from the force after 17 years."
Check out the news coverage in the video below.
Do you think that this will change the way we all look at law enforcement, doctors and teachers? Let's chat about this in the comments below.