Winter Haven, Florida -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office says nearly 100 people have been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting operation.
Deputies say a total of 92 people were arrested for offering to commit lewdness, along with other charges. The suspects allegedly responded to online ads posted by undercover detectives posing as prostitutes, or the suspects were prostitutes themselves who posted ads and came to the undercover location, offering their services.
The arrests include:
- 12 suspected pimps
- 39 suspected prostitutes
- 39 suspected johns
- 2 for accompanying suspects
A total of 262 prior charges had been filed against suspects during previous arrests.
Sheriff Grady Judd says those arrested had traveled from California, Michigan, Georgia, Texas, New York, North Carolina, and several Florida cities, including Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Among those arrested was Samuel Yoon of California, who is a 45-year-old youth counselor. Sheriff Judd says Yoon thought he'd be seeing a 14-year-old girl. Yoon was in Orlando to attend a youth ministry conference.
Two different married men were arrested in the bust. Judd says both of the men's wives reported them missing when they didn't return home. One of the men, 21-year-old Mohammed Ahmed of Illinois, was in Orlando on his honeymoon.
Another suspect was a Michael Kempfer of Orlando, who allegedly brought along a 15-year-old girl as a prostitute.
The arrests were part of a 4-day operation conducted by the sheriff's office.
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