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Recent Prostitution Stings in Polk County, FL

The Polk County Sheriff's Office conducts undercover string operations several times a year to target people accused of either offering to commit prostitution or soliciting another to commit prostitution. The most recent sting operations are listed below.

Most all of these sting operations involved posting ads or responding to ads on Backpage.com. Many of the sting operations used a house just 1.000 feet south of the county line road in Polk County in Davenport, FL.

In April of 2018, the federal authorities shut down the Backpage.com website. Law enforcement officers throughout Florida are planning new ways to conduct these sting operations now that they can't use Backpage.com.

If you were arrested after a prostitution sting operation in Polk County, FL, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who defends clients charged with these offenses in the 10th Judicial Circuit at the courthouse in Bartow, FL.

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"Operation No Tricks, No Treat" in October of 2017 - In a press release issued on October 17, 2017, by Brian Bruchey, the Public Information Officer with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, PCSO explained the results of ”Operation No Tricks, No Treats.” The prostitution sting operation occurred on Tuesday, October 10th, through Sunday, October 15th, 2017. During the investigation, 277 suspects were arrested. 209 of those arrests were for solicitation of prostitution, 51 of the arrest were for offering to commit prostitution, and 17 of the arrests were for those who derive proceeds from prostitution or other offenses. The sting operation resulted in a total of 334 charges including 36 felony charges and 298 misdemeanor charges.


"Operation March Sadness" in March of 2017 - In a press release issued on March 21, 2017, Carrie Eleazer, Media Contact, announced the results of six-day long prostitution investigation that occurred from Tuesday, March 14th through Sunday, March 20th, 2017. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 104 suspects. Although the vast majority of the arrests were for solicitation or offering to commit prostitution, the sting operation also resulted in a least one charge for each of the following offenses: deriving proceeds from prostitution, use of a computer to seduce a child, use of a two-way communication device to commit felony, traveling to meet a minor, and lewd molestation. The operation resulted in a total of 37 felony charges and 128 misdemeanor charges.


"Operation Not So Silent Night" in December of 2016 - Read the press release issued on December 15, 2016, by Carrie Eleazer, Media Contact for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, documenting the results of a sting operation that resulted in a total 114 suspects being arrested. Although most of the charges were for misdemeanor offenses for solicit to perform lewdness and offering to engage in lewdness, other charges included Use of Computer To Seduce Child, Use of Two-Way Communication Device to Commit Felony, Traveling to Meet a Minor and Lewd Battery, Deriving Proceeds from Prostitution and Transmission of Harmful Material to Minor.


"Operation Grand Slam Suspects" in June of 2016 - Visit the website of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office to find a press release dated June 6, 2016, from Donna Woods, Media Contact, announced the results of an undercover sting operation conducted from May 31, 2016, through Sunday, June 5, 2016. In this sting operation, 128 suspects were arrested with a total of 78 charges of offering sex in exchange for money, 32 charges for offered money in exchange for sex, and 11 allegations of deriving proceeds from the activity. 


"Operation Naughty Not Nice" from December of 2015 - In a press release dated on December 14, 2015, the results of a five-day sting operation conducted from Wednesday, December 9th through Sunday, December 13th, 2015. “Operation Naughty Not Nice” resulted in a total of 95 people being arrested. Officers from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Lakeland Police Department arrested 50 people for offering to commit prostitution and 33  people for soliciting another to commit prostitution. A total of 21 felony charges and 111 misdemeanor charges were filed against the 95 suspects.


Winter Haven Undercover Prostitution String - In a press released issued on September 24, 2014, the media contact with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announced the results of a prostitution sting operation in Winter Haven, FL. The undercover sting operation resulted in the arrests of eight suspects in Winter Haven, FL, for solicitation of prostitution, offering to commit prostitution and/or other charges including indecent exposure. 


Undercover Prostitution Sting Operation in Polk County - In a press release dated October 3, 2014, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announced the results of an undercover prostitution investigation that resulted in the arrest of 13 suspects. Ten of the suspects were arrested for charged with Soliciting for Prostitution and one suspect was arrested for committing lewdness in public. The investigation began after receiving information about prostitution-related active in the Inwood and Lake Ida areas of Polk County.


This article was last updated on Friday, May 25, 2018.

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