My question is, why favor customers over providers? It is the trafficker who finds the trafficking victims and trains them for sale to parties who might or might not ordinarily solicit elicit sex. The “trafficked” often have no choice in the matter. The “Johns” have a choice and they choose unwisely when they choose to frequent the business of sex trafficking.
Adult, peer-to-peer relationships are challenging, granted, but they are so much more “growned up” – responsible and respectful – than choosing children and others who are forced to participate in such activities. Florida has to be a major hub of trafficking. I wish it had been 100+ traffickers arrested.
Over 100 people were arrested during an undercover human trafficking sting dubbed “Operation Trade Secrets II” in Tampa, Florida, authorities announced earlier this week.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) said in a Nov. 18 announcement that of the 104 people arrested, 75 were men purchasing sex, and 28 were women who engaged in the trade. The sting, the second of its kind, took place between June and November.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement that he wanted this latest operation to focus more on the buyers, commonly referred to as “Johns.”
“Like any business, the human trafficking industry boils down to this: supply and demand. I strongly believe that in order to eradicate human trafficking, we must continue to focus on reducing the demand,” he said. “People who profit from trafficking women and children, along with those who pay to engage in this awful trade, must always be held accountable…”