From the Apopka Police Department – APD News

Apopka detectives working a reverse sting on Friday, January 26th, made six arrests for prostitution. The department received a number of complaints regarding prostitution and other criminal activity along the 441-corridor in the downtown area. In an effort to curb such activity, members of the department’s detective unit have been conducting undercover activities related to the complaints in a covert capacity and members of patrol have been conducting increased street-level investigations.

“It is important that we work at ensuring our citizens feel comfortable visiting the downtown area and don’t have a fear of visiting our businesses,” Chief McKinley said of the detail. “We are working on all levels to improve the quality of life for our citizens and visitors.”

Over the last few weeks, department members have been conducting a number of different investigations utilizing covert techniques. Those include the purchase and sale of narcotics, reverse stings involving thefts and burglaries, and street-level prostitution. As part of the policing efforts, on Friday, January 26, Apopka Officers conducted an investigation of street-level prostitutes. Undercover female officers posed as prostitutes and were solicited for various sex acts for payment. The clients were arrested and charged. Undercover operations will continue as necessary and undercover officers will pose as buyers or sellers of various services.

The Apopka Police Department is a full-service, accredited police agency with more than 150 employees including 108 sworn officers and staff. The Apopka Police Department supports the Crimeline program to aid in investigations and to foster safe and anonymous tips that lead to criminal arrests. You can help with these local cases – if you have relevant information, please call (800) 423-TIPS, go to www.crimeline.org, or e-mail APDTIPS@Apopka.net. Apopka bulletins can be found at the APD website.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Too bad Mama Mia does not realize many prostitutes are victims of human trafficking and are forced into drug addiction and prostitution by their pimps! Yes, it is a serious problem and I certainly do ‘t want to see these poor souls traipsing up and down the streets of my home town of 33 years!

    On a second note, I notice the surnames and faces of these men soliciting for prostitution. How many are illegal aliens is what I wonder! More of these sting operations should be done by Orange County, Seminole County and Lake County, all near our home! Thank you very much, Apopka Police Department.

    My view is my own and this is my considered statement. No need to try to change me, commenters.

  2. Sharon, I just got back home, but I see you posted that Mama Mia does not realize….blah, blah, blah. How do you know what I realize, or don’t realize? You don’t know me.

  3. The men arrested are: one who is black, one who is white, and four who are Hispanics. I find it very interesting that you are concerned with their race, and here is what is funny to me….you wonder if they are illegal aliens. It must be the Trump influence! LOL

  4. But since you wonder, I doubt that any of them are illegal aliens, because these men were actually booked into the Orange County Jail, and in the photo above are their mug shots and info. If they were illegals, they probably wouldn’t have been arrested, and put in jail….they probably would have been turned loose, too much paperwork to do, and contacting trouble. If you don’t believe it, then don’t. Just like the drunk illegal that was stopped by the city police on Park Av. at the Family Dollar Store, skunk drunk out driving, and he had been running upon the sidewalks, and a citizen saw him and called the police, and followed him, and he didn’t go to jail, although he was skunk drunk….no, he was allowed to call a family member to come pick him up, and take him home, along with his truck, and the cop had his body camera TURNED OFF! It was on the news awhile back!

  5. And I still say it was entrapment. If those women uncover cops had not of been out there flaunting it around on the streets, those men would have probably been heading on home to their families.

  6. And there are plenty of things citizens in this city have complained about….you can’t go to so many of the store parking lots and feel safe, without being confronted by beggars. The Save A Lot parking lot, Big Lots parking lot, and up around Wekiva Riverwalk is getting really bad! I have seen what I will call a ring, operating right outside of Ross Stores, and Marshalls. Then they left, and drove off in a nice new looking car. Others are on bikes, or on foot, and walk all around the cars parked out there in the lot, and they gaze into the windows looking inside the cars, and watch people coming out of the stores, and panhandle when they aren’t gazing into the vehicles. The Circle K next to the McDonalds uptown, is another hot spot for beggars, and it is really scary at night. The Wawa parking lot is totally bad for panhandlers, on the west side of town. The home burglaries, the car thefts, car break- ins, the businesses that are getting hit. It is bad, and I just feel that these are the things should be a priority, with all the other crimes that are happening daily too, plus the gun violence that is everywhere!!!

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