The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested 124 people in an operation that targeted human trafficking, prostitution, and the sexual abuse of children. The six-day effort, dubbed “Operation Santa's Naughty List,” sought to help victims of human trafficking who may have been forced into prostitution.
Professional golfer Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey, 44, was arrested in the operation and charged with first-degree misdemeanor solicitation, CBS affiliate WTSP reports.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that Gainey was arrested in an undercover sting called "Operation Santa's Naughty List," which lasted six days. The investigation yielded 53 arrests for prostitution, 46 arrests for soliciting prostitution and five arrests for intent to sexually harm a child, according to the sheriff's office. Also among the arrested suspects: A Disney security guard who showed up naked to try to buy sex from an adult undercover detective, WTSP reports.
Jessa Crisp, a Colorado-based victim of child sex trafficking was unable to report the abuse or go to the police because there were a number of police officers who were actually involved in the kidnapping and abuse.
With anti-government protests raging in Hong Kong, China has become especially sensitive about its sovereignty, forcing fashion brands like Versace, Coach and Givenchy to apologize for T-shirt designs that appeared to show Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate territories. Amazon faced the same pressure when it was found to be selling shirts that support Hong Kong's protesters. Chinese supermodel Liu Wen terminated her contract with Coach. And actress Yang Mi ended her endorsement deal with Versace, stating "The motherland's territorial integrity and sovereignty is sacred." The controversy involves two cities that have semi-autonomous status, Hong Kong and Macau. But China also claims Taiwan, a democratic island that Beijing calls a breakaway province.