Florida authorities arrest nearly 200 in child sex trafficking bust

Florida authorities arrest nearly 200 in child sex trafficking bust


Sunshine State authorities busted a massive child sex trafficking network this week, ending a two-year probe that netted nearly 200 arrests, including a high-profile booster for Florida State University, according to a report and police.

The operation, called “Stolen Innocence,” which began in November 2018, wrapped up on Tuesday — and those allegedly involved face charges ranging from solicitation of prostitution to human trafficking of a minor, the Tallahassee Police Department said in a press release.

It began when department investigators spotted images of a child posted on a website that advertises sex for money, authorities said. The girl was 13 and 14 when the alleged offenses occurred, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

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A total of 72 suspects were charged with misdemeanors and notices to appear, 106 people were hit with felony charges and 18 face federal charges, according to authorities.

Those swept up in the investigation include a former chairman of the Seminole Boosters, Inc., a fundraising arm for

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