HCSO Apprehended Man Exploiting Disabled Woman in Human Trafficking Operation

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) made a key breakthrough in the fight against human trafficking by arresting Andre Scott, 39, on charges of exploiting a lady with impairments for commercial sexual activities. This arrest demonstrates the department’s consistent commitment to fighting human trafficking and protecting vulnerable populations.

The case began on February 21, 2024, when a worried employee at the Rodeway Inn, located at 6510 North US Highway 301, notified the HCSO of a woman in trouble. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a 29-year-old female who had been reported missing in Missouri, prompting an immediate investigation.

The victim told detectives a terrible story of deception and torture. She described how she was led to Florida by Scott and his girlfriend after communicating with them on social media.

Once in Florida, she was pushed into performing sexual actions, as demonstrated by Scott’s messages pressing her to “hustle” for him by engaging in commercial sexual activities, selling obscene content online, and attending sexually charged events.

Scott was detained on the same day the allegation was filed, and charged with Human Trafficking for Commercial Sex Act (Victim Mentally Defect or Incapacitated). This prompt response by the HCSO demonstrates the department’s seriousness in dealing with human trafficking claims, as well as its commitment to prosecuting those responsible.

Sheriff Chad Chronister remarked, “The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to combating human trafficking and dismantling criminal operations.” Our Human Trafficking Section works tirelessly to rescue victims, bring perpetrators to prison, and raise awareness to help prevent the exploitation of vulnerable people.”

In addition to law enforcement operations, the victim’s needs were addressed quickly and compassionately. A mental health specialist from Florida Mentor was called to the scene to give critical care and support for the victim’s reunification with her guardian in Missouri.

The HCSO has issued a call to action for anyone with knowledge about this case or who believes they have been victimized by Andre Scott to step forward. This inquiry is ongoing, and the Public Affairs Office has promised to provide updates when new information becomes available.

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