Husband and Florida native, Paul Tarkovsky, was celebrating his wedding, and while on his honeymoon in Tampa, Florida he decided to look for sex online, and arranged to meet a prostitute at the Hyatt hotel in Tampa.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister praised the accomplishment of the squad formed to fight human trafficking
Chronister said in a FB post, “When I became Sheriff — I made a commitment to fight illegal prostitution and to protect the citizens of Hillsborough County from being victimized by predators in our midst. The Human Trafficking Squad has been given all the resources they need to save the victims, who often find themselves in a dark and dangerous life with no way out.”
The post went on to say that 360 people had been arrested by the squad and eight victims had been rescued.
In an interview referring to the arrest of Paul Turovsky, Chronister said, “One case that I wanted to highlight-” he went on to say, “He got married. He got married and he was on his honeymoon. His new bride falls asleep and he decides ‘I’m going to respond to an ad that one of our undercovers had placed to go have sex that evening,”’ he said.
Chronister continued saying, “So he leaves and comes to the hotel and wishes to purchase sex,” Chronister said. “Well, he was placed under arrest immediately.”
Chronister quipped, “We all probably have questions about how long this marriage lasted, but I think the only question here, was, as a wedding guest was it too late to get the gifts that they gave returned back to them?” he said.
Chronister said that 176 men had been arrested since April.
The statement said 10 individuals were arrested after they had “inappropriate conversations, often sharing pictures and videos, with undercover detectives who they thought were underage boys or girls,” the statement said.
“When the opportunity arose to meet, some did not take the bait, while others got in their cars and drove, hoping to meet with a minor. Instead, they found themselves, thankfully, face to face with our deputies, and were quickly arrested,” the statement said.
The press release went on to say, “Perhaps the most dangerous, are the men who not only went looking for sex with underage victims but paid for it. Now they’re paying the price with felony charges for human trafficking.”
“During our work to eradicate the disgusting act of prostitution, one victim was taken to rehab. Another was returned to her mother, and one provided a plane ticket to return to her family in another state,” Chronister said.
The release also noted that in an instance, “two male human trafficking suspects who traveled from Massachusetts to Tampa with two missing and endangered teens.”
The human trafficking squad arrested the two individuals as well as one more adult and has put the teens in protective custody.