Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd revealed recently that authorities have arrested 108 “people” in a human trafficking sting operation called “Operation March Sadness 2”, including child sex predators, four Disney employees, and a retired judge.
“The arrests of a human trafficker and four child predators alone make this whole operation worthwhile. Where there is prostitution, there is exploitation, disease, dysfunction and broken families,” Judd said.
Prostitutes exposed the operation to undercover detectives by posting online advertisements through numerous social media platforms where they identified those who were targeting them.
27-year-old lifeguard for Walt Disney, Xavier Jackson, was one of the four Disney employees arrested. Xavier was charged with one count of unlawful communication and three counts of transmitting harmful material to a minor. Judd revealed that Jackson sent inappropriate photos of himself to a 14-year-old girl.
A four-year 24-year-old employee for the Cosmic Restaurant for Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland, Wilakson Fidele, a 45-year-old IT employee for Disney, Ralph Leese, and a 27-year-old software developer for Disney, Shubham Malave, were all caught attempting to solicit a prostitute.
“We protected some little girl someplace that was groomed or potentially groomed by this evil, deviant criminals, thugs, that’s all they are. They’re dangerous people,” Judd said.
Judd said of Leese, “He’s married. So I’m sure Disney’s not pleased. I bet his wife’s not pleased, but we’re pleased that we arrested him.”
This comes after Walt Disney Company CEO slammed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his “Don’t Say Gay” bill that protects Florida school children from being taught inappropriate gay sex acts.
“It is clear that this is not just an issue about a bill in Florida, but instead yet another challenge to basic human rights. You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry,” Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek said in a statement to Rolling Stone.
“I truly believe we are an infinitely better and stronger company because of our LGBTQ+ community. I missed the mark in this case but am an ally you can count on— and I will be an outspoken champion for the protection, visibility, and opportunity you deserve,” Chapek said.
It’s worth noting one of forty-fifth President Donald Trump’s promises as President was to “focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking.” While speaking at the annual meeting of the Inter-agency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, President Trump discussed his plan to “tackle” human trafficking. Since taking office, President Trump has raged war against human trafficking. Thanks to Trump, human trafficking arrests have reached an all-time high.
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