Operation Breaking Chains Nets 363 Arrests

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Sixteen Florida County Sheriffs’ Departments participated in Task Force Operation Breaking Chains, an effort to both counter and investigate human trafficking in the state. The month long operation in June netted 363 arrests, and rescued 33 victims. The final list of results was released on July 22. (Breitbart)

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The results of Task Force Operation Breaking Chains

  • 16 total Sheriff’s Offices participated in the month-long operation.
  • 29 victims recovered
  • 31 traffickers identified
  • 4 traffickers arrested
  • 324 interdiction stops made both highway and waterway
  • 4 victims rescued for interdiction stops
  • Over 1,000 hours doing knock and talks at multiple business locations
  • 363 total arrests
  • 7,591 social media and sign messages distributed
  • 33 non-government community-based organizations assisted during the operation

The goal, as always, is to protect victims. I credit the unique approach this operation took to its success. We not only focused on arrests but surrounded victims with resources that will be impactful in the future and allow us to break the cycle of human trafficking while also holding those responsible.

Florida Sheriff’s Association Chair Chris Nocco

The purpose of the Task Force was to ”foster effective law enforcement and crime prevention and to promote the activities of Sheriffs.” Florida has the third highest rate of human trafficking in the United States behind California and Texas. The traffickers primarily target children, young women, runaways, illegal aliens, and drug addicts, according to the Human Trafficking Institute.

According to the Human trafficking Hotline, Florida ranks third in U.S. in human trafficking cases reported by states, behind only California and Texas…

The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally. Eighty-one percent of them are trapped in forced labor, 25% of them are children, 75% are women and girls. It is estimated by Florida Health that human trafficking in the U.S. is somewhere between 14,500 and 17,500 people annually.


A job well done, but is only a small part of the human trafficking problem in the United States. The battle rages on.


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