Undercover officers investigating online prostitution ads in Florida earlier this month made 92 arrests, including a youth minister and a man on his honeymoon, over the course of a four-day sting operation.
Between May 8 and 11, Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives conducted an investigation into Internet sites related to men and women who were advertising to commit prostitution or who were soliciting others for prostitution.
Among the dozens arrested was Samuel Yoon, 45, a youth minister at the Holy Cows youth ministry at the New Community Mission Church in San Leandro, Calif. Yoon was in Orlando for a youth ministry conference when he was arrested by an undercover officer, who says Yoon was expecting to pay for sex with a 14-year-old girl.
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Another person who was arrested, Michael Kempfer, 21, was on his honeymoon when he left his hotel, allegedly to meet with a prostitute he'd met online. Instead, he met an undercover officer. His wife reported him missing when he didn't return, only to find that he was in jail on a prostitution charge.
"The negative social costs of prostitution hurt families, children, and communities
, including the spreading of infectious diseases," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told FOX 35 Orlando. "The nexus between prostitution and other crime, such as illegal drugs, violence against women, and human trafficking, is a real problem."
Some other highlights from the sting operation:
A 15-year-old girl from Sanford, Fla., was arrested when she arrived at the undercover location offering to commit lewdness.
Police say a 36-year-old pimp named Quintone Pittman brought 20-year-old Amanda Worden to the undercover location to sell her services.
Cindy Lynn Bowles, 35, allegedly brought sex toys with her and told detectives she's "self-employed" and "likes to make people happy."
Ryan Wright, 18, was charged for allegedly pimping out his sister Rachel. He stayed behind in the car with Rachel's 2-year-old child while Rachel entered the undercover location. Both were arrested and charged with child cruelty, among other prostitution-related charges.
Jennifer Lopez, 32 — not the famous one — was arrested at the undercover location after attacking officers and trying to escape.
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