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In January, deputies received an alert about a stolen vehicle traveling into Hillsborough County from Ohio. They found the stolen vehicle in a store parking lot and arrested the man who was driving and the woman passenger for grand theft auto.
But there was something about the woman's demeanor that didn't seem quite right. She was frightened and uncooperative. The arresting deputy suspected she might be a victim of human trafficking. His instinct led to a three-month investigation in which six men, nicknamed the "Sinful Six" by the sheriff's office, have been charged with human trafficking and racketeering.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said these six men were involved in a sex slave ring that the ring leader, Bradford Pugh, 43, bragged on social media has been going on in Hillsborough County for 15 years. Five women were rescued from a life of sex trafficking and are now receiving counseling from the Selah Freedom nonprofit anti-human trafficking organization, which, among other things, provides housing and counseling for victims of sex trafficking.
During a news conference Tuesday, State Attorney Ashley Moody commended the deputies involved for seeing beyond a routine call concerning a stolen vehicle. Chronister, who was just reappointed to Moody's Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, said the woman's behavior are the s his deputies have been trained to watch for to identify trafficking victims as the county prepares to host Super Bowl LV in Tampa in February In addition to being the biggest day of the year for the NFL, the Super Bowl is also the largest draw for sex traffickers.
While investigating, detectives learned that the sex traffickers were supplying the women with heroin and methamphetamine at doses that not only got them hooked on the drugs but made them "dope sick. Chronister said that's how the traffickers enslaved them. All five of the rescued women were addicted to drugs. When they ran out of funds to purchase their own drugs, they were forced to perform sex in return for their drug fixes.
The sheriff said the traffickers would post photos of the women online and advertise them as being available for sex. The traffickers would then schedule the appointments, drive the women to hotels throughout Hillsborough County, book hotel rooms for them and force the women to have sex with the strangers who knocked on their hotel room doors.
When a woman stopped generating enough money for the traffickers, Chronister said they'd trade her to another sex trafficking ring operating in the county. We believe there are more suspects involved and more victims that we are eager to rescue. We've already identified at least three more victims that we're trying to locate," he said. It should sicken everyone who wants to live in a secure, safe community," Moody said. They saw much more than that and put in the time and effort to determine what that was.
Oftentimes when victims are rescued, they blame themselves — they say they were in love with their trafficker or their trafficker has kept them safe even through they were beaten and trafficked to multiple men. They've come to believe he's their protector or guardian. She said the victims are frightened of their captors, fighting drug addiction, experiencing feeling of self-loathing and scared of retribution. That requires linking conspirators to show this was an organized crime. In the months leading up to the Super Bowl, Moody said the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking will not only focus on identifying additional human traffickers but on educating public transit drivers, hotel employees and the community at large to watch for s that a woman may be a victim of human trafficking.
It's right here in our backyard - evil people who use the suffering of others to make a profit," she said. The Statewide Council on Human Trafficking is a collaboration between local, state and federal officials working to provide services and support for victims of human trafficking.
Last year, the National Human Trafficking Hotline reported that Florida was the third-highest state in the nation for the of calls to its emergency hotline. A total of human trafficking cases were reported in the state. Anyone who is a victim of human trafficking or anyone who believes they know someone who may be a victim is urged to call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at To request removal of your name from an arrest report, submit these required items to arrestreports patch.
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