Hundreds Busted in Human Trafficking Operation — Disney Employees and Florida Teacher Among Arrested

 September 28, 2023

In a shocking revelation that has left communities across Florida and the nation at large in disbelief, a recent human trafficking operation led by the Polk County Sheriff's Office resulted in the arrest of 219 individuals. Among those arrested were a high school teacher and three Disney employees, raising serious concerns about the safety of our children and the integrity of trusted institutions.

The Operation Unveils Disturbing Facts

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the results of the seven-day operation, which began earlier this month. Out of 119 prostitutes arrested, 21 were identified as potential victims of human trafficking.

Two suspects, Freddy Escalona and Maria Guzman, were charged with human trafficking and were found to be in the U.S. illegally. Escalona allegedly forced a victim into prostitution after she was unable to pay back a loan for vehicle repairs. Guzman is accused of trafficking two victims from a hotel in Orlando.

The Alarming Involvement of Trusted Figures

An Individual involved, Russell Rogers, an athletic director at Vanguard School and a teacher at Auburndale High School REAL Academy, was also arrested during the operation. Rogers is married with three children and was hired by the district in April 2013. Polk County Public Schools expressed their disappointment and are moving forward with the process of terminating Rogers' employment.

Additionally, three suspects were Disney employees, further shaking the trust in institutions that are supposed to be safe havens for families and children.

"Part of being an educator is understanding that you are held to a higher standard for your actions in the classroom, as well as the community,"

district officials


The operation not only exposed the dark underbelly of human trafficking but also shattered the illusion of safety and trust we place in educational and recreational institutions. It serves as a grim reminder that vigilance is essential in all aspects of society, including those we consider most secure.

The article is based on information from Fox News

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