Orange County, FL

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Orange County is an area in central Florida with a population of roughly 1,087,000.  The major population center of the county is Orlando, and it covers unincorporated areas and smaller cities.  Prostitution is related to numerous problems in the county, including child sex trafficking.  The county has also been the site of the activity of a serial rapist who specifically targeted prostituted women in the county over a four-month period in 2012.  In 1999, at least two prostituted women were assaulted by the same person, including one who suffered collapsed lungs, pelvic and rib fractures and internal injuries when she was thrown from a pickup and run over on an interstate highway.  In another assault, an escort bit and “nearly severed” the penis of a sex buyer in 2013 in Orlando, and was charged with attempted homicide.

In an effort to reduce prostitution and sex trafficking in the area, county law enforcement and municipal agencies conduct reverse stings. In May of 2012 police conducted a five-day web-based sting which resulted in 76 arrests. In 2007, police began using cameras along with the decoys to aid in gathering evidence against johns.  The identities of arrestees are released to the media.

In July, 2019 a former Lake Worth High School teacher was arrested in Orange County, for trying to arrange sex with a 10-year-old girl.  A confidential informant had contacted Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies and claimed he/she had information regarding a sexual predator. The informant admitted they were engaging in acts of prostitution and that they had a regular prostitution customer who had recently told the informant that he was seeking a 10-year-old female for sexual intercourse. The informant told investigators that he/she made him think the informant had access to juvenile females who he could engage with in acts of prostitution. The informant provided deputies with the phone number commonly used by the suspect and screen shots of a text message conversation between the informant and that phone number. The informant later introduced the suspect to a law enforcement agent (via a phone call), who was posing as a mother willing to offer her 11-year-old daughter to engage in sexual acts for money. The man agreed to pay the agent $100 for an hour with what he believed to be the agent’s daughter. He agreed to meet at a location on S. Orange Blossom Trail where he was arrested. The man was currently on sexual offender probation after trying to arrange sex with a 12-year-old girl in 2011 through an undercover officer in Palm Beach County posing as the child’s mother. He had been sentenced to five years in prison and another five years on probation for that crime.

Key Partners

  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • Orlando Police Department
  • Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation

Key Sources

Reverse Stings:

Web-Based Reverse Sting, Shaming:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Documented Violence against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Florida
Type County
Population 1086480
Location
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