Human-trafficking ring busted in Hillsborough
Human-trafficking ring busted in Hillsborough

Sheriff Chad Chronister has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce details of a human trafficking investigation.

Dennis Joyce

Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla.

TAMPA — Detectives made several arrests and rescued a number of victims during a three-month-long human trafficking investigation, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Details of the operation were scheduled to be announced at 10 a.m. during a news conference by Sheriff Chad Chronister and state Attorney General Ashley Moody.

The investigation began with a report of a stolen vehicle and led detectives to suspects in a human trafficking operation that is believed to be the first of its kind to be prosecuted in the state of Florida, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Detectives rescued a number of victims and connected them with resources, Chronister said. In a statement, Moody said county, state and federal agencies took part in the investigation.

“This was truly a life-saving investigation,” Chronister said. “I’m proud to say that our work has helped several women break free of their traffickers and put multiple individuals behind bars who were taking advantage of others in the worst way possible.”

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