October 29, 2021

Human Trafficking Sting Nets No Human Trafficking Charges

By Roxanna Asgarian

A Florida sheriff boasted of 125 arrests as part of a massive anti-human trafficking operation. But none of the charges were for human trafficking—nearly all were for misdemeanor solicitation.

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