Disney employees busted in child-trafficking sting — Analysis

Central Florida Human Trafficking Scam nets more than 100 people, which includes workers at amusement parks

A human trafficking sting in central Florida has netted 108 arrests, including four Disney employees, Polk County police revealed on Wednesday, announcing the conclusion of a six-day undercover investigation called “Operation March Sadness II.” 

A 27-year old man was arrested for working as a lifeguard at Disney Polynesian Village Resort. He also sent indecent photographs and explicit messages to an undercover officer who posed as a 14 year-old girl. Other Disney workers included a 24-year old worker at the Cosmic restaurant, a 45 year-old IT worker, and a 27 year-old software developer.

This is just amazing to see four arrests this large in one week.,” Sheriff Grady Judd observed during a press conference on Wednesday.

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FunSpot was another Orlando theme park near Disneyworld. Another person who was caught during the sting was FunSpot. They ranged from 17-67 years old and included a Chicago retired judge. One man claimed he had a wife and eight children, one of whom had been left at a soccer game so his dad could go meet a “prostitute” who turned out to be an undercover cop.

The arrests come on the heels of Disney CEO Bob Chapek apologizing for insufficiently opposing Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, a derogatory nickname for the Parental Rights in Education bill that forbids teachers to discuss gender identity and sexual orientation with schoolchildren under 8 years old. Advocates of the bill argue that inappropriate discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation with schoolchildren under eight years of age amounts to child abuse. 

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One group of LGBTQ Disney employees have argued that even though Chapek eventually came out against the bill, he didn’t do so quickly enough. Unaffiliated to any other LGBTQ Disney employees, the group announced that they will be holding a protest later in the month. They demand Disney end its support for nearly two dozen politicians, cut off all construction or new projects in Florida and donate a substantial amount of money to LGBTQ advocacy organizations.

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