Orlando police have completed a massive three-day prostitution sting that led to the arrest of 44 people while saving a 14-year-old sex trafficking victim.
Police say 28-year-old Gregory Lionel Foster has been charged with human trafficking and kidnapping, along with drug charges, after trying to sell “the services” of the 14-year-old girl to an undercover cop.
Authorities say Foster met the victim on Facebook and met her in person on April 9. He offered her a ride home but instead of taking her back to her family he tried forced himself on the girl and tried forced her to have sex with other men.
Police found an online ad asking for $200 for sex and called Foster to bring the girl to Clermont hotel. Needless to say, he didn’t get the money. Detective Amber Warren says “I believe we saved her life. This was the first time she had been prostituted.”
Although the girl had been gone for nearly a week, her family didn’t even report her missing.
The bust was part of a larger prostitution sting that netted 44 arrests.
Sheriff Gay Borders says that his department intends to be proactive in dealing with these matters. “It’s unacceptable,” Borders says. “Those people need to be in jail and we’re glad we put them in jail.”
According to studies, Florida ranks third in human trafficking reports with 1,200 last year alone.
Tomas Lares, the chairman of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force says “It’s going to take a collaborative effort to really put a dent… and hopefully save many of the children in our community from these predators.”