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October 2012 Archives

MBI Conducting Sting Operations on Orlando Massage Parlors

The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) conducted sting operations in several Orlando Massage Parlors this past week. MBI agents would conduct their investigation by entering massage parlors and arresting massage therapists for prostitution, among other sex crimes. The agents would frequent Asian Massage Parlors and seek massage therapy, but according to police affidavits, the therapists would engage in verbal conduct soliciting money for sex acts. Asian Massage Parlors, or AMPs according to law enforcement, have a long history of operating in Seminole and Orange county. AMPs are reputed in many cases to be places where prostitution occurs. Asian Massage Parlors may be found on directories where individuals review the massage they received, and in many cases, those reviews appear to involve illegal behavior. Law enforcement has been diligently trying to reduce the amount of illegal behavior allegedly occurring at these places. Aside from prostitution, the police are concerned whether there is underage sex trafficking going on in some of these massage establishments.

Police Operation Nabs 12,000 Felons in Florida

police and news crew busting individualThe streets of Florida could be a little bit safer after a three-week police initiative resulted in the arrest of nearly 12,000 felons. The initiative named "Operation: Felon Sweep" targeted felons known to be, or believed to be in the Florida area with open warrants. Of the 12,000 individuals arrested, many were considered violent criminals. These men and women pulled from the streets were arrested on a variety of charges and open warrants ranging from drugs, to attempted murder, to rape and child-sex charges. Several fugitives will be expedited to their home states to be tried for their warrants. One man, a fugitive from Tennessee was arrested during the sweep on child sex charger. He will be expedited to Tennessee to be tried for the crimes. Another man was arrested at a bus stop for a recent rape in the area. 

New law in Florida requires Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse

The Penn State scandal has resulted in consequences far from the now infamous campus. In fact, Florida passed a new child abuse reporting law in the scandal's wake. It is being heralded as the toughest child abuse reporting law in America. Though this characterization may sound appealing to some, the negative consequences that will likely result from the law will hopefully inspire legislators to revisit this subject in the near future and approach it in a more measured way.

Recent Law Enforcement Effort in Volusia County Sees Results

A group of Volusia County law enforcement officers worked together to focus on stemming the tide of traffic violations throughout the county on October 12, 2012. The round up resulted in 14 arrests. In addition, authorities wrote 58 tickets for all types of traffic violations. County authorities want to increase public awareness of traffic laws along with increasing the presence of law enforcement personnel in that area of the county. Some of the offenders, especially those with a history of arrests, were arrested and placed in custody for more serious crimes, such as possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and probation violation. 

DUIs Scarier Than the Haunted Houses You'll Be in This Halloween?

halloween horror nights zombieMany residents of central Florida call this part of the year their favorite.  The weather is cooling off, Football is in full swing, and costumes planned out months in advance are about to be shown in public.  That's why you really don't want to get arrested this year on or before Halloween for DUI or Drunk Driving. This year as always, October is a month of costume parties, trick or treating, Halloween Horror Nites at Universal Studios and a ton of other events related to Halloween. Many of the clubs around Orlando, Universal, Winter Park and University of Central Florida will have wild costume parties for Halloween including great music, dancing, and of course, alcohol.

Social Media Is Helping To Stop Crime

In February 2012, Crime Stoppers issued person using social media on phonea free iPhone app that allows people to anonymously report crimes or provide tips to solve crimes that have already happened. Crime Stoppers believed that providing easy access to report crimes would increase the amount of people who would provide tips. They were right. Since its inception, the mobile app has helped police make 22 arrests for unsolved crimes in South Florida. Since January, Crime Stoppers has helped solve over 500 cases through tips they received. This includes tips called in to their hot line, through text messaging and through their pages on the social sites. The mobile app is just an additional tool citizens can use to stop crime in their areas. 

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