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Sheriff Grady strikes again. Bags 277 “human traffickers” in 6 days

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A week-long undercover sting targeting human trafficking and online prostitution in Polk County ended with 277 arrests that included doctors, pharmacists and law enforcement officers. “That’s the most we have ever arrested in the history of the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “Operation No Tricks, No Treats” started last Tuesday, October 10 and ran…

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Sextortion: How a new breed of predator exploits victims through their own computers

Heather knew there were adults on the Internet who preyed on kids, and she regularly warned her own four children about the dangers of talking to strangers online. Yet the 37-year-old married mom from Phoenix never thought she would ever fall victim to a growing Internet crime known as sextortion. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classifies sextortion as a form of…

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Simi Valley City Council may repeal Halloween sex offender ordinance

With two weeks until Halloween, the Simi Valley City Council on Monday night may repeal a controversial law that says registered sex offenders listed on the Megan’s Law website can’t open their doors to trick-or-treating children. Simi Valley Police Chief Dave Livingstone says the city has never enforced the 2012 ordinance. Even so, Simi Valley City Attorney Lonnie . .…

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Zach Anderson re-arrested for eating pizza with his brother and a friend

Zach Anderson, the young man from Elkhart, Indiana, whose harsh punishment for consensual sex with an underage teenager he wrongly believed was 17 made headlines around the country in 2015, has been arrested for violating his probation. What, exactly, did he do? He stopped by for dinner at his parents’ home. His younger brother was present, and incidentally, so was…

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Feds have nearly doubled prosecutions for child sex crimes over last decade

Federal investigators nearly doubled the number of investigated sex crimes involving children between 2004 and 2013, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced Thursday. Child sex crime cases include possession or production of child pornography and child sex trafficking, the BJS reported. Federal investigators took up 1,405 of these cases in 2004, compared to 2,776 cases in 2013. More than…

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