Florida Police arrest six in investigation of teen trafficking from app game

(IMG: WPMI) Florida Police arrest six in investigation of teen trafficking from app game

Florida's Attorney General and the St.Petersburg police announced the arrest of six of seven suspects in an eight-month long human trafficking investigation.

Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Anthony Holloway, and investigators released details of the investigation during a news conference Monday afternoon.

Investigators say they were informed that a 17-year-old boy. missing from Louisiana was living in a trailer in St. Petersburg with adults Mark and Andrew Dennis, who are married, Curtis Gruwell, and Michael Schwartz.

Officers found another teen boy living in the same trailer whom Mark Dennis falsely claimed to be his son. Both boys were removed from the home.

Police say the boys were lured through a gaming app..They had a strong warning and a graphic depiction for parents.

"This child was lured away from his parents by being online on a game. He was told he was going to go to a place that was better, so we're pleading with parents and guardians today. Please go home look at what your kids are doing online. Do not let these predators into your home." said Chief Holloway

"The men introduced this juvenile to sadomasochism and used him as a sex slave. he was not enrolled in school and he did not receive medical care. the conditions inside this small trailer were deplorable. the victim was living on a small mattress with no bedding surrounded by animals, animal cages, and animal feces."

According to police... One of the victims is receiving specialized trauma-informed care designed for victims of human trafficking.

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