Sex slavery operation busted in Central Florida, officials say
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi holds news conference in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – Three new arrests were made on Tuesday in the dismantling of a drug and human trafficking organization, arresting more than 25 people.
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Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi held a news conference Monday, saying the MBI recently concluded a two-year investigation into organized sexual activity.
Authorities said the group used violence, drugs and addiction to "profit on the labors and bodies of the victims of modern day sexual slavery.
"Despicable unacceptable. We're not gonna let it continue in our state," Bondi told reporters. "One of these girls is 17 now, but she has been trafficked we know at least since she was 15 years old. We are going to put a stop to this in our state."
Last week, the MBI raided eight homes throughout Orange County, seizing 59 grams of heroin, more than $10,000 in cash and weapons.
Twenty-five people face charges, ranging from racketeering to trafficking in drugs to human trafficking.
The kingpins were identified as Keith Hamlet and his wife Jessica Hamlet.
Authorities say Keith goes by "Smurf" on the streets, so they dubbed their operation as "Operation Pop-A-Smurf."
Amber Bailey, Jeremy Probus and Holly Gill were arrested on Tuesday.
Investigators are still searching for other suspects, including the third kingpin, Edward Charles Redmond, otherwise known as "Man Man."
If you see him, call 911 immediately and do not approach him.
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