This is like some True Detective, Pizzagate stuff right here. It involved school officials and prostitutes, and the sting even had an epic, movie-like mission name: “Operation Not So Silent.”
An Osceola County School Board official and 113 other people from across the state and country face criminal charges after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office conducted a six-day undercover sting. Dubbed “Operation Not So Silent Night,” the sting was meant to crackdown on human trafficking.
According to the sheriff’s office, the operation ran from Thursday, Dec. 8 to Tuesday, Dec. 13. During that time, deputies focused on people who advertised prostitution services through online ads to identify victims of human trafficking. They also targeted “johns” who responded to ads.
First of all, gotta give this sheriff’s office its props. 114 people in less than a week is remarkable. I mean sure, it is Florida, and I’m sure Florida has a thriving prostitution economy, but still, the rest of Floridian law enforcement could learn a thing or two from these guys.
During the course of the investigation, female detectives placed phony online ads offering services while male detectives responded to ads posted by others. People arrested included “johns” who traveled to have sex for money and prostitutes who offered their services, the sheriff’s office said. Two of the suspects traveled to an undercover location to have sex with minors, the agency said. Other people who were associated with the “johns” or accused prostitutes were also charged during the investigation.
As for the Osceola school board employee arrested, he is Matthew Phillips, 42, of St. Cloud. He served as the county’s director of elementary curriculum. Guy was just trying to get one off with a prostitute, now he faces offer to engage in lewdness and battery charges. Tough day at the office.
Sounds like the makings of a True Detective comeback.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 114 people in connection with a human trafficking ring with a sting mission called Operation Not So Silent.
Female detectives placed phony online ads offering services while male detectives responded to ads posted by others. Police then arrested the people who traveled to have sex for money and prostitutes who offered their services.
What Is ‘Operation Not So Silent’?
Operation No So Silent is the name of the sting operation used by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to arrest those involved in a human trafficking ring.