Polk Human Trafficking Sting Nets 61 Arrests

Originally posted by TBO.com staff on December 8, 2014—
“A Polk County undercover human trafficking sting netted 61 arrests, including a husband and wife, and a PGA professional who said he has used social media sites to engage in sex for money with more than 100 females.

The undercover operation, from Thursday through Sunday, targeted online ads for prostitution, deputies say.

“We’ve seen firsthand the negative social costs of how prostitution hurts families, children, and communities,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. “And more often than not, there is a high correlation between other crimes and prostitution. We see repeat criminal offenders with criminal arrest histories to include illegal drugs, violent crime and property crime, and these repeat criminal offenders engage in sex for money.”

Among those arrested:

♦ Jazmin Alvelo and Glenda Maldonado of Tampa. Alvelo drove Maldonado to the undercover location and remained in the car with a 3-year-old child while Maldonado was inside offering sex in exchange for $300. Both also face drug charges, and each has multiple arrests on charges ranging from grand theft, aggravated assault, and drug possession.

♦ Adrian Hernandez, who told detectives he was employed by the city of Bartow who attempted to pay the undercover detective with cash and a $30 winning scratch-off lottery ticket. Deputies say Hernandez also was in possession of a “meth pipe” upon his arrest.”

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