Honeymoon Prostitution Arrest: Priest, Newlywed Busted In 92-Person Florida Sting
Could there possibly be a worse way to begin a new marriage than with a honeymoon prostitution arrest?
Mohammed Ahmed, who spent his honeymoon in Orlando, Fla., is one of 92 men and women busted in a massive prostitution sting conducted between May 8 through May 11 by the Polk County Sheriff's Department in Florida. Authorities say that Ahmed, 21, answered an ad from an undercover cop posing as a prostitute. When his wife reported him missing, she discovered from police that her new husband had been brought up on prostitution and marijuana possession charges.
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Among the other 91 suspects arrested was Samuel Yoon, 45, a youth minister at the New Community Mission Church in San Leandro, Calif. Yoon, in Orlando for a youth ministry conference, was arrested when he arrived at a location expecting to pay for sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Other notables include Michael Kempfer, 48, who brought a 15-year-old girl to the undercover location. The 15-year-old girl was charged with prostitution and resisting arrest without violence.
Ryan Wright, 18, allegedly pimped out his 26-year-old sister Rachel. While Rachel went into the undercover location, Ryan remained in the car with his sister's 2-year-old child. In addition to the prostitution-related charges, both Wrights were charged with child cruelty.
Even Jennifer Lopez was arrested at the undercover location for battery and resisting arrest. (All right, this Jennifer Lopez was a 32-year-old woman, not THE Jennifer Lopez.)
Of the 92 suspects, 12 pimps were arrested after bringing prostitutes to the sting location, 39 were arrested for prostitution and 39 were arrested for soliciting prostitutes.
"The negative social costs of prostitution hurt families, children, and communities, including the spreading of infectious diseases," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "The nexus between prostitution and other crime, such as illegal drugs, violence against women, and human trafficking, is a real problem."
According to information from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2010 there were 5,048 prostitution-related arrests in Florida, making it the third-highest in the nation after California (11,334) and Texas (7,554). Florida is fifth in the nation for prostitution-related arrests by percentage of population.
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