In the four months since law enforcement officials shared details of a sex-for-pay investigation of area day spas, five judges have tossed secretly-recorded videos, two municipalities have been sued over privacy rights and several women entered pleas in their cases.
The cases began being disclosed Feb. 19 at a media briefing at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff William Snyder said his “The tentacles of this go from here to New York to China, in Florida from here to Orange County,” Snyder said at the time.
But as the cases continued, investigators only leveled human trafficking charges against one woman in Indian River County. In the months since, officials largely have backed away from the trafficking language.