Three members of a family in Osceola County are accused of imprisoning elderly men to collect their social security checks and/or disability benefits.
Detective Stephanie King of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office explained that the family moved from house to house in Florida and other places around the country and forced the men into dire living conditions. They were provided only minimum food and clothes to survive.
The family appears to have focused on military veterans because their monthly payments are typically larger.
King added charges of human trafficking to the long list of charges the accused face. As she stated: “One hundred percent it’s human trafficking. One hundred percent. They’re taking these people and they’re coercing them, luring them, through methods of fear.”