Some 98 people were arrested — including a Walt Disney World management trainer from Clermont — during a four-day prostitution sting aimed at finding victims of human trafficking, Polk County Sheriff’s Office officials said.
Paul Keane, 46, of 16204 Saint Augustine St., in Clermont, was charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution. The sheriff’s office said the married suspect reportedly offered an undercover operative $30 for unprotected sex.
Keane’s Linkedin profile said he works at Walt Disney World as a learning and development manager, and was previously a cast recruiter there.
Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said that among those arrested, 16 were accused of being pimps who brought prostitutes, 28 were accused of being prostitutes and 52 were “johns” attempting to pay for sex. The department used e-commerce sites to set up the sting.
Judd said the focus of the operation, which began Thursday, was to find victims of human trafficking and to get them out of the prostitution business.
“From this investigation we have identified at least three people who we very well think may be the victims of human trafficking,” Judd said Tuesday at a news conference. “One victim who showed up was only 15 years old.”
The 15-year-old girl, who was brought to Polk County from Miami, was a runaway, Judd said. He said deputies are working with the Florida Department of Children and Families to get the girl treatment and to help keep her away from prostitution.