Sex-trade sting ends with arrest of 114 people

A father who told his wife he was going out to buy his kids Christmas presents. A future father who left his pregnant wife, due that day, at home. A man expecting a sexual rendezvous with a 14-year-old girl. A man expecting the same with a 14-year-old boy.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says those are four of the 114 people arrested in “Operation Not So Silent Night,” a Dec. 8-13 sting operation that featured undercover officers taking on the roles of prostitute, customer or potential juvenile sex victim online.

The arrested included 51 men as prostitution customers and 50 on prostitution charges. As for the goal of disrupting human trafficking, five men arrested were charged with deriving support from prostitution. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the department found four potential victims of human trafficking, the most his agency has identified in such a sting operation.

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