The Tallahassee Police Department uncovered a human trafficking investigation that resulted in 178 people being arrested.
The two-year-long "Operation Stolen Innocence," involved human trafficking and child sex trafficking right within the Capital City community.
Chief Revell said that it started after a 13-year-old child’s image was seen on a prostitution website. Investigators set up an operation to rescue the child to ensure her safety.
106 people have been charged with felonies and 72 with misdemeanors. Nineteen people also face federal charges, ranging from solicitation of prostitution to human trafficking of a minor. Police said all suspects are from the southeast region, spanning all the way to Mississippi and Alabama.
Revell said that there's "never been a case of this magnitude" in the 30 years he's been in Tallahassee.
"We know it's going on in our community. We need to address this and we know it takes state and federal partners," Revell said.
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