Hundreds Busted in Human Trafficking Crackdown

WINTER HAVEN (970 WFLA) -- He calls it "Operation No Tricks, No Treats." Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says his deputies and other law enforcement agencies busted 277 people over the past week in a crackdown on human trafficking. 

Both suspected prostitutes and johns got busted, as well as human traffickers. Deputies also plan to help five women they believe are victims of human trafficking. 

Only 62 of those arrested live in Polk County. The rest come from other parts of Florida and 14 other states. They include a Marine stationed at U.S. Central Command, doctors, retired law enforcement officers, and a sergeant in the Polk Sheriff's Office, who resigned immediately.

"He has worked on these kinds of operations in the past. Certainly he knows our stance... but frankly, it's the power of sex. It gets you arrested, it ends your career," Judd said. "He made a bad choice... and we made a good choice by terminating his employment." 

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