An undercover investigation into human trafficking in the state of Florida has been underway for several weeks. There have been roughly 160 individuals taken into custody so far as a result of the investigation.
The operation has been given the codename "Fall Haul 2," and the identities of those who have been involved is the source of the investigation's biggest surprise. Disney employees and local educators have been discovered to be among those arrested so far for human trafficking in the state of Florida by authorities there.
During undercover investigations, a sheriff in Florida said that his department "always" seems to catch Disney employees. According to the sheriff's office, Guillermo Perez, who worked as a bellhop at Disney, was detained after attempting to have sex with an undercover officer for $80.
“Now, where would we be with an undercover operation and no Disney employees?" Sheriff Grady Judd stated. Additionally, he remarked, "Oh yes, there are always Disney employees here."
A Disney photographer who is 26 years old was also taken into custody by the authorities. According to law enforcement, he brought a bag of skittles for the undercover detective.
“Our goal is to identify victims, offer them help, and arrest those who are fueling the exploitation of human beings and those profiting from the exploitation of human beings. Prostitution is not a victimless crime- it results in exploitation, disease, dysfunction, drug and alcohol addiction, violence, and broken families,” Sheriff Judd said in a statement.
A 26-year-old schoolteacher was also detained after being accused of soliciting the services of a prostitute. He explained to the sheriff that he was unable to go to jail since he had track practice first thing in the morning.
"No, the students have track practice in the morning, and you have jail practice," Judd told the arrested teacher.
The procedure was explained by the sheriff as follows: if a woman is arrested for prostitution and admits they are a victim of human trafficking, the law in the state allows for authorities to wipe the charge off of their record. This is because the law recognizes the victim status as mitigating circumstances. This is the way they capture a greater number of those over the women.