Gaming App Used By Florida Sex Traffickers To Lure Teens, AG Ashley Moody Calls Details ‘Disturbing’

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Moody: Florida has Nation's third highest incidents of human trafficking

Six men and a woman were arrested after an eight-month human trafficking investigation involving two teenagers. (Image by St. Petersburg Police)

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – A raid by Florida cops on a squalid mobile home revealed two teenage boys — one of whom had been repeatedly sexually abused — who had been lured from their families via an online gaming app, police said Monday.

St. Petersburg police said the two teen boys – 16 and 17 years old – were rescued in May after Louisiana authorities alerted them the 17-year-old had been persuaded to leave home by someone he met on gaming app Discord and could be living in a mobile home in the Florida city.

On Monday, authorities said six people – five men and a woman – were arrested on human trafficking charges. A seventh suspect, 34-year-old Curtis Lee Gruwell, turned himself in to police on Tuesday, authorities said.

“As a mother, I cannot begin to stress how disturbing the facts of this case are for me,” new Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said during a news conference Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The other six people arrested were identified as: Mark Earl Dennis, 52 and Andrew Barry Dennis, 45, a married couple arrested in Pinellas County; Michael Ray Blasdel, 36, and J.R. Gauthier, 29, who were also arrested in Pinellas; Eleanor Faye McGlamory, 56, arrested in Marion County; and Michael Wayne Schwartz, 51, arrested in Lee County.


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