MILTON, FLORIDA: As per the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputy, an arrest was made after a traffic stop on human trafficking. Deputy believes two teens were trafficked for forced labor.
A 14 and a 17-year-old teen were rescued on I-10 after deputies suspected possible human trafficking.
The reports say deputies stopped a vehicle for a moving violation and the investigation began.
Deputies said the two teens, from Guatemala, were recently smuggled into the country from Mexico into Texas. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted the investigation with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials arrested 39-year-old Frank Moreno, from Odessa, Texas, and 21-year-old Jackson Perez-Godinez.
Chief of Investigations for FDLE Pensacola Regional Operations Center, Chris Williams, said: “A deputy’s keen eye and immediate multiagency cooperation were instrumental in rescuing two children. I’m proud of the deputies and agents who teamed to bring two human traffickers to justice.”
In the investigation, officials found that the victims’ families paid more than $1,000 to be smuggled into the country.
The traffickers were taking the boys to cities in South and Central Florida. Moreno and Perez-Godinez were arrested on two counts of human smuggling and two counts of human trafficking.