A newlywed looking to have sex with a hooker and a youth minister expecting to have sex with a 14-year-old girl were among 92 people arrested during a Polk County Sheriff‘s Office undercover prostitution investigation in Florida, NBC Miami reports.
The four-day investigation, which took place between May 8 and May 11, focused on websites that advertise prostitution services, authorities said.
Mohammed Ahmed, originally from Lincolnwood, Ill., answered an ad from an undercover cop posing as a prostitute. When Ahmed did not return to his hotel room, his wife reported him missing. Authorities then broke the news to her that he had been arrested and charged with prostitution and possession of marijuana.
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Also arrested in the sting was Samuel Yoon, a 45-year-old youth minister at the New Community Mission Church in San Leandro, Calif. He was in Orlando attending a youth conference when he responded to an ad posted by an undercover detective offering women for sex.
Yoon was charged with one count of traveling to meet a minor, and one count of using a two-way communication device to commit a felony, among other charges.
Here is more from NBC Miami:
Two of those arrested were from South Florida, including Julenny Aquino, 19, of Miami Gardens, who showed up at an undercover location to commit prostitution, deputies said.
Gerald Atilus, 40, of Homestead answered an ad posted by an undercover detective who was posing as a prostitute, and he was charged with battery, deputies said.
No one answered the door at Atilus’ home when NBC 6 went there on Tuesday.
Others arrested included 12 “pimps” who brought prostitutes to the undercover location, 39 prostitutes, 39 people who were willing to pay for sex from prostitutes and two others who went with suspects to the undercover location and were arrested on other charges, the sheriff’s office said.
Ahmed and Yoon were both released from jail after their arrests. For a full list of the charged and arrested, please refer to the press release published by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.