Sex trafficking arrest of suspect who solicited victims at local bars through social media

Early yesterday afternoon, detectives working in an undercover capacity, met Christopher Alexander Koeper at an undisclosed location, where he planned to seal a sex trafficking business deal with the undercover detective. Instead he was greeted by a team of investigators and taken into custody. (Source: MCSO)

When 31- year old Christopher Alexander Koeper tried to recruit what he thought was a 16-year old girl into a life of human sex trafficking, he had no idea that the “teenager” was an undercover Martin County Sheriff’s detective.

Following an investigation into allegations that Koeper would seek victims at local hotspots trying to recruit girls into a life of sex and prostitution,

Martin County Sheriff’s Detectives began taking a closer look.

He will be charged under Florida State Statute 787.06; A felony punishable up to life imprisonment.

Martin County Detectives would like to hear from anyone who may have been approached and possibly solicited by Koeper at any restaurant, bar or social media.

Detectives believe there are victims who have not yet come forward due to fear of prosecution or criminal charges.

In 2012, Florida passed House Bill 99, also known as the Florida Safe Harbor Act. This legislation allows for minors solicited into the life of sex trafficking be deemed as dependent instead of delinquent.

Martin County Sheriff’s Detectives are members of the Treasure Coast Human Trafficking Coalition.

Callers may remain anonymous and contact the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (772)220-7060.

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