• Operation 'Naughty Not Nice' nabs 103 people in human trafficking investigation

    By: Kelly Healey


    POLK COUNTY, Fla. - Detectives arrested 103 people during an undercover investigation focusing on human trafficking, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.


    Polk County Sheriff's Office undercover detectives conducted a six-day human trafficking operation that began on Nov. 27.  


    Officials said the investigation focused on prostitutes posting online advertisements as well as "johns" seeking female prostitutes online. 


    Here's the breakdown:


    • 56 arrests were those accused of advertising prostitutes online.
    • 30 arrests were those accused of soliciting undercover detectives, posting ads and posing as prostitutes.
    • 11 arrests were those accused of deriving proceeds from prostitution
    • 6 were taken into custody on drug charges and other offenses.


    Charges for those arrested include soliciting another for prostitution, deriving support from proceeds of prostitution, transporting to building for prostitution and using a communication device to commit a felony.


    Detectives said they worked closely with “One More Child” (organization that provides help to families in need) and the Department of Children and Families during the operation.


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