Last week the whole world was shocked when it emerged that the office of sheriff in Florida has arrested a hundred suspects alleged to be involved in pedophile prostitution!
Deemed “Traveler Operation L&P” for the initials of the two counties involved, the sting was conducted mostly by undercover detectives going online at various chat forums — posing as either a child, a parent of a child or someone interested in prostitution.
There were 22 suspects arrested in this phase of the sting, mostly on charges of traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sex, attempted lewd and lascivious battery and prohibited uses of a computer device.
Mart Edward Ritter, a 54-year-old funeral home assistant from O dessa, Texas, was arrested after coming to the home to have sex with whom he thought was a 14-year-old boy. He allegedly brought condoms and lubricant as well as a change of underwear for the victim — wanting to keep the child’s underwear as a trophy, according to an arrest affidavit.
Many others were arrested too involved in this ring of pedophile.
However the most notable arrest was that of Ahmad Abrar Saleem, 22, of Orlando, founder of the Saleem Academy. According to its website, the academy is “dedicated to empowering Muslim youths across the globe,” really.
Saleem thought he was coming to the home to have sex with a 12-year-old girl he had contacted online who actually turned out to be an undercover detective, posing as the child.
When Saleem arrived at the home in a vehicle adorned with a license plate that read “Invest in Children,” he was immediately arrested, the office of the Sherrif revealed.
The latter half of the operation was aimed at men seeking to have sex with prostitutes. However, most of the 79 arrests in the prostitution phase were comprised of women, including two high school girls, a pregnant woman and two women who thought they were coming to perform sexual services at a bachelor party.
Bravo Sherriff you did a great job. Let’s just hope that law enforcement agencies in other parts of the world too can show the same determination.