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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-259

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 21, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Human Trafficking Sting

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announcing human trafficking sting
    • Friday
    • June 21, 2019
    • Time: 2:30 PM
    • Hillsborough County
    • Tampa, FL


    What: As part of a continuing effort to combat human trafficking, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation dubbed "Operation Trade Secrets" that led to more than 80 arrests. Sheriff Chad Chronister will share the details behind the lengthy investigation.

    When: Monday, June 24, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
    Location: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, 2008 E 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has wrapped up a multi-faceted operation aimed at identifying human trafficking victims and addressing the means by which these victims enter into sex trafficking. Together, the Special Investigations Division and Crime Investigations Division conducted an undercover operation called "Operation Trade Secrets," which led to more than 80 arrests.

    "Human trafficking can happen in any community and to victims of any age, race or nationality, as our detectives have seen throughout the course of this investigation," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "We realize that many victims are afraid to come forward, so we're actively working to find them and committing resources to targeting those who engage in human trafficking."

    Sheriff Chronister will discuss the results of the investigation in detail on Monday, June 24, at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office located at 2008 East 8th Avenue in Tampa.

    Media outlets planning to attend are asked to RSVP by emailing the HCSO Public Affairs Office at piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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