Hidden in Plain Sight
Human Trafficking in Indian River County
The Vero Beach Police Department Special Investigations Unit, Sebastian Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit, and Indian River County Sheriff's Office Vice Unit has been conducting a criminal investigation into multiple massage parlor locations within Indian River County. This six-month investigation involving multiple jurisdictions has culminated by charging nearly two hundred subjects with over two hundred counts of solicitation. Additionally, the main targets of the investigation were also charged with various counts of law violations to include the following: Racketeering, deriving support from prostitution, engaging in prostitution, and transportation for prostitution. This combined effort included assistance from other jurisdictions including Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida, Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida State Attorney’s Office.
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