“Operation Child Protector”: 17 child predator suspects arrested including several employees from Disney World

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POLK COUNTY, FL- According to authorities, 17 people from across central Florida have now been charged resulting from a six-day undercover investigation into child predators held by multiple agencies.

The undercover investigation was called “Operation Child Protector” and according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 16 of the 17 suspects are from Clewiston, Davenport, Kissimmee, Orlando, Polk County, and Zephyrhills. The other suspect was a visitor to the area from Los Angeles. 

Sheriff Grady Judd stated that all 17 suspects intended to engage in sexual activity with what they believed were children, but instead the encountered undercover officers who were posing as children online. Judd said in a statement:

“These are nasty, nasty, nasty people and when we go through this, understand that obviously, we can’t even use the words they use. We obviously can’t show you the pictures and the video clips that they sent to what they thought were 13-year-old little girls and little boys.”

Among the 17 suspects, several of them reportedly work at Disney World.  Authorities stated that one couple, Savannah and Jonathan McGrew, wanted to engage in a threesome with a 13-year-old girl and role-play as stepparents and stepdaughter or in a shoplifting situation.

Both of those suspects worked as custodians at Walt Disney Hollywood Studios. Judd said:

“Are you kidding me? That’s how you’re talking to 13-year-old children.”

Another one of the suspects, Kenneth Javior Aquino, was a lifeguard at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Judd stated that Aquino left his pregnant girlfriend to have sex with someone he thought was a child. He was dressed in his work clothes when he came to the undercover location. The sheriff added:

“He’s a navy veteran. That’s right. He was working toward a dive team or a SEAL team or some kind of special ops job. They did a background check on him and found he had friends or affiliates that were gang members and they tossed him.”

Judd also stated that one suspect was HIV-positive and intended on having unprotected sex with a young girl. He did not identify who that suspect was. He added:

“Fortunately, our detectives were there instead of the 13-year-old child, but guess what? Had it been a curious little girl as opposed to our very experienced detectives, she would have been directly exposed to HIV.”

Authorities reported that in total, the suspects face 48 felony charges and two misdemeanors, with nine of them having criminal histories. The suspects are identified below:

25-year-old Kenneth Javier Aquino of Orlando – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery, one count transmission of material harmful to minor;

41-year-old Irving Olive of Lakeland – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery;

33-year-old Jarrod Justice of Los Angeles, California – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery;

31-year-old Lior Enbar of Orlando – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery, one count introduction of contraband into a detention facility, one count possession of PCP, one count possession of paraphernalia;

45-year-old Julio Enrique Cedeno of Zephyrhills – two counts transmission of material harmful to minor, one count unlawful use of two-way communication device;

Juan Guadalupe-Arroyo of Davenport – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count misrepresenting age online/use of computer to seduce a child, one count attempted lewd battery;

36-year-old Carlos Flores of Orlando – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count misrepresenting age online/use of computer to seduce a child, one count attempted lewd batter (F-3); 

47-year-old Enrique Medina of Orlando – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery;

30-year-old Adam Smith of Kissimmee – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery;

27-year-old Jeremiah Davis of Clewiston – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery;

44-year-old Thomas Snyder of Lakeland – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery, one count transmission of material harmful to minor;

34-year-old David Ring of Lakeland – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery, one count transmission of material harmful to minor;

27-year-old Philip Nelson of Polk County – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery;

34-year-old Jonathan McGrew of Kissimmee – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, two counts transmission of material harmful to minor, one count attempted lewd battery;

29-year-old Savannah Lawrence of Kissimmee – one count traveling to meet a minor for sex, one count attempted lewd battery; and

37-year-old Edward McGaffigan of Orlando – one count unlawful use of a two-way communication device, three sounds transmission of material harmful to minor (F-3).

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‘Operation Flip Flop’: 10 men, including a firefighter, arrested in Florida for attempting to meet up with children

July 29th, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, FL- According to the Lake County’s Sheriff’s Office, ten men have been arrested in Florida after attempting to meet with children.

Authorities stated that the arrests were made in a four-day undercover operation called “Operation Flip Flop,” where 45 investigators from agencies across Central Florida assisted in finding and arresting these men. 

Deputies said that the men attempted to meet underage children online for inappropriate activity. The 10 men are now facing various sex-related charges. Clark Mason, one of the men arrested in the investigation, is an Apopka firefighter.

According to the fire department, Mason has been placed on administrative leave. The fire department released a statement saying:

“The Department is saddened that the actions of one individual could have the capacity to tarnish the integrity and dedication that the rest of our department and the fire services as a whole work so hard to preserve.”

Detectives said that officers from the undercover operation posed online as a 13-year-old or a 14-year-old child. Detectives said that then the men traveled to a predetermined location and were accused of having the intent of having inappropriate relationships with the children.

The men were taking into custody once they arrived at the predetermined location. According to the sheriff’s office, three of the men arrested were already registered sex offenders. Those men were identified as Scott Allen Fureman of Leesburg, Frederick Curtis of Eustis, and Billy Childress of Sorrento.

Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell said in a statement:

“These arrests illustrate the importance of continuing these operations to protect our children. Parents need to know who their children are communicating with on the internet.”

The agencies that assisted Lake County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation are: Central Florida Crimes Against Children Task Force, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department, Sanford Police Department, Clermont Police Department, and Altamonte Springs Police Department.

In a separate incident, a North Carolina woman has been charged with three sexual-related charges of a 15-year-old juvenile she met online.

According to Rutherford County Sheriff’s Detective Amanda McPherson, the suspect, 45-year-old Christie Wighton, has been charged with felony solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct, especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Reportedly, the juvenile’s mother became aware after looking through her teen’s phone and finding media accounts with concerning messages. The mother then contacted the sheriff’s office. The juvenile apparently met Wighton on social media.

Wighton was arrested on Sunday, July 25th, when she traveled to Rutherford County to meet the teen. She is being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $225,000 bond. A hearing has been set for October 6th.

Detective Sgt. Steve Craig said that sex crimes against children online is a widespread issue. He said in a statement:

“It’s important for parents to be vigilant and have open conversations for the sake of your child’s safety.”

In Pittsburg, PA, police arrested a man on sex-related charges involving minors. 39-year-old Donald Sickler, of the city’s Greenfield neighborhood, was arrested on July 15th and charged with more than a dozen counts including rape, unlawful contact with a minor, sexual assault, indecent assault, incest of a minor and corruption of minors.

The incidents allegedly occurred back in December 2014. Sickler was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

He faces a preliminary hearing on August 6th. Sickler is also awaiting a jury trial on nearly two dozen sex offenses involving a child that were filed in October 2019 for incidents that occurred in June 2012.

He is scheduled to stand trial on December 13th on multiple counts of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault of a child under the age of 13, false imprisonment of a minor and other related charges.

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Report: Facebook linked to more than 20 million reports of child exploitation

March 1st, 2021

UNITED STATES- The Daily Beast recently reported that according to new data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) CyberTipLine, a shocking amount of online child exploitation reports were linked to Facebook.

The study identified over 20.3 million reported incidents related to child pornography or trafficking, classified as “child sexual abuse material” on the social media platform. To get a better picture of this, below is where other websites stand in comparison:

“Google cited 546,704 incidents, Twitter had 65,062, Snapchat reported 144,095, and TikTok found 22, 692. Facebook accounted for nearly 95 percent of the 21.7 million reports across all platforms.”

Additionally, MindGeek, the Canada-based parent company of multiple porn websites, including Pornhub, RedTube, and YouPorn, reported far less incidents than Facebook. MindGeek reported a total of 13,299 incidents. 

2020 was the first year MindGeek participated in the study, following a year-long campaign called #Trafficinghub, which aimed to shut down Pornhub for its alleged role in promoting underage human trafficking by hosting content featuring minors.

Statistics on child exploitation can be misleading. For example, the most commonly-cited data point, which was mentioned in a 2010 congressional testimony by the then-president of NCMEC, was based on decades-old data.

That data relied on two studies, both collected during the 1990s, which included runaways, abandoned kids, and unhoused children. One of the studies, a Washington Post fact-check found, was compiled in a way that allowed some incidents to be counted two or three times.

The CyberTipLine operates a little differently where the centralized system collects reports from the public and “electronic service providers,” a category which includes social media platforms, but also companies like eBay, Dropbox, and Microsoft.

The latter group makes up the bulk of their data. For example, back in 2020, of more than 21.7 million reports reviewed by the CyberTipLine, 21.4 million of them came from electronic service providers.

However, there are still points of confusion in the reported data. Both Pornhub and Facebook have alleged that the data they provided may include duplicates. Pornhub alleges that the 13,229:

“Includes several thousand duplicates, with most reports submitted multiple times in an abundance of caution.”

They claim that the number of single or unique incidents is really 4,171. Facebook released a similar statement alleging that 90 percent of the failed incidents were “the same as or visually similar to previously reported content.”

If this statement is correct, Facebook’s total number of unique reports would still be 2,030,722, the largest number in the data pool by far. Facebook published a press release titled “Preventing Child Exploitation on Our Apps” and announced new measures to monitor child exploitation.

Reportedly, the tools include new informational pop-up for related search terms, a policy for removing profiles associated with child-related flagged content, and an “involved a child” option for reporting “Nudity and Sexual Activity” on the platform. In the release, Facebook said:

“Using our apps to harm children is abhorrent and unacceptable. Our industry-leading efforts to combat child exploitation focus on preventing abuse, detecting and reporting content that violates our policies, and working with experts and authorities to keep children safe.”

In a statement to the Daily Beast, a MindGeek spokesperson wrote:

“Eliminating illegal content and ridding the internet of child sexual abuse material is one of the most crucial issues facing online platforms today and it requires the unwavering commitment and collective action of all parties.”

The statement added:

“MindGeek voluntarily registered with NCMEC to automatically report every instance of CSAM we are aware of so that this information can be disseminated to and investigated by authorities across the globe.”

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Mastercard and Visa to investigate Pornhub over allegations of child pornography, rape videos

December 7th, 2020

On Sunday, December 6th, credit card giants Visa and Mastercard announced that they are planning to investigate their business relationship with the bank of Pornhub’s parent MindGeek, a Canadian company that focuses primarily on pornography.

New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, write an article where he described the videos on Pornhub as recordings of assaults on unconscious women and girls. He wrote that the website carries rape scenes, revenge pornography, and other examples of explicit video taken without consent of the participants.

He wrote:

“The issue is not pornography, but rape. Let’s agree that promoting assaults on children or anyone without consent is unconscionable.”

Pornhub has denied all allegations. In a statement emailed to Reuters, the company said:

“Any assertion that we all CSAM (child sexual abuse material) is irresponsible and flagrantly untrue.”

Mastercard said that it would be investigation the allegations with Pornhub’s parent MindGeek’s bank. Mastercard said:

“If the claims are substantiated, we will take immediate action.”

Breitbart News reported that similarly, Visa is also planning to investigate directly with MindGeek. Visa said:

“It is actively engaging with the relevant financial institutions to investigate.”

The company added:

“If the site is identified as not complying with applicable laws or the financial institutions’ acceptable use policies and underwriting standards, they will no longer be able to accept Visa payments.”

Reportedly, billionaire investor Bill Ackman called upon Mastercard and Visa to temporarily stop payments to the porn site until the allegations are investigated. In his article, Kristof wrote:

“Its site is infested with rape videos. It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags. A search for “girls under18 (no space) or “14yo” leads in each case to more than 100,000 videos. Most aren’t of children being assaulted, but too many are.”

He added:

“A great majority of the 6.8 million new videos posted on the site each year probably involve consenting adults, but many depict child abuse and nonconsensual violence. Because it’s impossible to be sure whether a youth in a video is 14 or 18, neither Pornhub nor anyone else has a clear idea of how much content is illegal.”

Ackman suggested that it should be made illegal for porn sites to post videos before they are reviewed by a monitor and until the ages and consent for participants have been validated.

In response, Pornhub claimed that it has a vast team of human moderators who manually review “every single upload.” Pornhub also claimed that they have automated detection technologies. It did not say how many people were part of its review team.

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In the United States, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced that he will introduce legislation that would give sex trafficking victims a federal right to sue sites such as Pornhub. Hawley praised Kristof for his “tremendous” investigative reporting. He tweeted:

“Tremendous reporting by @NickKristof on the exploitation that occurs on sites like Pornhub. It’s time for it to end. I will introduce legislation to create a federal right to sue for every person coerced or trafficked or exploited by sites like Pornhub.”

Pornhub continued to deny any allegations. The company said:

“We have zero tolerance for CSAM. Pornhub is unequivocally committed to combating CSAM and has instituted an industry-leading trust and safety policy to identify and eradicate illegal material from our community.”

Anti-trafficking activist Laila Mickelwait has called for Pornhub to be closed down because the platform does not do enough to oversee its content. Mickelwait founded her Trafficking hub campaign, which states:

“Pornhub, the world’s largest and most popular porn site, has been repeatedly caught enabling, hosting, and profiting from videos of child rape, sex trafficking, and other forms of non-consensual content exploiting women and minors. We’re calling for Pornhub to be shut down and its executives held accountable for these crimes.”

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) urged the Justice Department to investigate Pornhub back in March over allegations that the site exploits victims of sex trafficking, including children. Sasse also proposed an investigation into MindGeek. 

MindGeek reportedly denied the accusations, stating:

“Pornhub has a steadfast commitment to eradicating and fighting non-consensual content and under-age material. Any suggestions otherwise is categorically and factually inaccurate.”

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Has America lost its soul? Super Bowl Halftime Sex Show ignored human trafficking in the name of ratings.

February 2nd, 2020

MIAMI, FL- While law enforcement agencies and businesses in Miami were preparing for increases in human trafficking during the Super Bowl, the halftime sex show was riling up pervs and pedos all over the country with in your face crotch shots, tongue flicking, pole dancing, twerking, grinding, gyrating and displaying little girls in cages.

Sunday’s Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show in Miami Gardens, Florida included identity politics, anti-border patrol and human trafficking symbolism.

The show was celebrated as an homage to Latino culture. It was described as empowering to watch two women of color over 40 performing in a sexually provocative manner.

Shakira, who is Columbian, and Jennifer Lopez, a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent lit up social media and were described as everything from age-defying superstar athletes to disgusting and vulgar.

Being very pragmatic, I was wondering how the costume covering J.Lo’s crotch was staying on, was it glued? I was thinking that the cameraman was wondering the same thing due to the numerous closeup crotch shots, but he was probably just hoping to film a wardrobe malfunction.

While the mainstream media was busy debating whether Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s performance empowered or objectified women, they completely ignored the more significant issue; the exploitation of including prepubescent girls in their sex show.  

One part of the sexually charged performance featured J.Lo’s 11-year-old daughter Emme Maribel Muñiz and other children in cages singing. Some viewers claimed the lighting behind Lopez and Emme appeared to reflect a wire fence.

The display of Latino children in cages at the Superbowl halftime show was highly praised as a political statement on immigration policies. This is a common theme in anti-border patrol propaganda.

Children in cages was part of the mass hysteria produced by fake news reports regarding the Trump administration’s enforcement of the zero tolerance immigration policy at the U.S.- Mexico border.

The fake news mischaracterized the family separation policy and accused CBP and ICE officers of caging, beating, starving, neglecting, physically and sexually abusing children being held in immigrant detention centers.

The Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show may have tried to send a message about the sexual empowerment of women and a statement about border enforcement, but human traffickers and pedophiles just see sex.

Newsflash J.Lo, by including your 11-year-old daughter in your halftime sex show she just became a pedophile poster child.

That’s what happens when your mix sex with little girls. She just went on the pedo radar and videos of the halftime show will be traded like any other pornography.

That’s the cold hard reality of mixing pole dancing, twerking and crotch shots in the same performance with innocent young girls. Welcome to the real world.

As far as the ridiculous imagery of displaying young girls in cages implying that immigration officers harm them, Customs and Border Patrol and other immigration enforcement officers are the ones trying to stop the human traffickers and protect women and children. They are protecting them from being forced to dance naked on strip poles.

Victims of sex traffickers are not dancing on strip poles to show off their buffed middle-aged bodies but because they were kidnapped, repeatedly raped everyday of their lives and sold into sexual slavery. By the time they are 50 they are either dead or wish they were. Not so empowering.

Shakira’s tongue flicking became the most popular meme of the Super Bowl halftime show. It was quickly explained away in the context of her paternal Lebanese cultural identity, as what is called a zaghrouta, an Arabic tradition used to express joy, excitement and celebration.

Of course, since most of the millions of viewers are not familiar with that tradition it just appeared as a sexual fetish. Her belly dancing is also praised as being part of her Lebanese cultural heritage, even though her Super Bowl belly dance includes a rope where she simulates being tied up as sexually alluring.

Human traffickers, rapists and pedos also use ropes to tie up women and children. I’m not seeing female empowerment here, more like the glorification of bondage, subjugation and rape.

The Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show is just another example of feminist mixed signals trying to reconcile the #metoo and sexual liberation movements.

Where are all the feminists that used to hold up signs about women being beaten on Super Bowl Sunday? Now feminists are more concerned about complimenting women performers on how good they look for their age. This is not female empowerment this is superficial and dangerous.

At last year’s Super Bowl, a human trafficking operation conducted during the 11 days leading up to the game resulted in 169 arrests, including 26 traffickers and 34 people attempting to engage in sex acts with minors.

Nine juveniles were recovered with the youngest being 14-years-old. There were also nine adult victims.

Similar to the #metoo and sexual liberation confusion, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Super Bowl Halftime show was a combination of mixed signs, signals and symbols. A tribute to women that also functions as pornography for human traffickers, rapists and pedophiles.

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DeliverFund Takes Over Backpages Old Offices

In this picture,  DeliverFund co-founder and Senior VP Jeremy Mahugh, Director of Operations Michael Fullilove, and Founder and Executive Director Nic McKinley were seen surveying their new location in Dallas, which opened up last year.

For years, Backpage was a haven for sex traffickers selling underage girls. That was until the federal government raided its offices and indicted several of its executives on charges of laundering money and running an online brothel.   

Backpage.com was found guilty of not just hosting ads for trafficked women, but actually coaching traffickers on how to creatively re-word the ads in order to keep law enforcement from picking up their trail.

Rumor has it DeliverFund played a pivotal role in taking down the company.  DeliverFund has not commented on that possibility.

Since then, in what might be the most bad-ass statement we’ve seen in years, DeliverFund has taken over the 3,000 square foot space to house their International Human Trafficking Analysis Center–a central point of information coordination and dissemination for law enforcement, select nonprofits and the professionals working to end modern-day slavery. 

Law Enforcement Today is proud to support DeliverFund and the work they are doing within the law enforcement community.  We encourage you to support their endeavors on this takeover by donating here.

We’ve told you about DeliverFund before. This team of former Special Operations Veterans, NSA analysts, members of Delta Force, CIA, FBI and Navy SEALs has its sights set on destroying human trafficking rings. These are the men and women that are rescuing innocent victims and devastating markets on a daily basis.

Here’s the issue. Our government has agencies to combat narcotics, firearms, smuggling, and a host of major problems in our country. Yet it’s 2018 and we still don’t have a dedicated department going after sex traffickers. See the problem?

Enter DeliverFund.

You may have seen founder and CEO Nic McKinley in Vice’s recent episode, ‘The Real Jack Ryan’. This former CIA and special operations vet brings his expertise to helping train police departments how to track and take down traffickers. 

Relocating to Dallas is a key move for DeliverFund, considering the high percentage of cases they’ve dealt with in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“Dallas has a great hub of people who care about doing good in the world and have the financial capacity to do it,” notes Mahugh. “There’s a large problem, but also significant capability to solve it. … Plus, we have a massive amount of law enforcement in this area who want to be part of the program, so having headquarters here lets us get many more officers trained for much less than it would cost them to get to Albuquerque for seven to 10 days. There’d be a lot more options we could provide.”

Eric Bauer, a lawyer who helped represent multiple victims against Backpage.com had this to say. “The two major criminal industries in this country are drug trafficking and sex trafficking. For drugs, we have the DEA. For sex trafficking, we have DeliverFund.

If you want to make a direct impact in the take down of human traffickers, you can support DeliverFund right here.

 


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