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Listen to the new season of the Felonious Florida podcast: Innocence Sold

A new season of the true crime podcast florida criminal tells the story of a 15-year-old Florida girl who goes missing after a mysterious two-hour hike in the early morning of May 20, 2017.

Clues lead Sophie Reeder’s family and detectives to a horrifying conclusion.

When investigative reporters dive into Sophie’s case, it leads them to another one just like it. Then another, and another. They appear in the world of child sex trafficking, where thousands of vulnerable girls across the country fall prey to dangerous and violent predators. Traffickers who see these girls as merchandise for profit and kill if they don’t cooperate.

This six-episode investigation tells their terrifying stories and exposes the failings of law enforcement, courts and support services that are supposed to keep children safe. Yet every day, all around us, girls like Sophie Reeder are stolen and often never found.

Listen to the trailer for Season 3: Girlfriend Sold:

Episodes 1 and 2 are available now, with new episodes every Monday through March.

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When 15-year-old Sophie Reeder goes missing from her Florida home, it at first seems like she’s run away. But clues begin to emerge that something terrible has happened to Sophie. Then more cases emerge, exposing a violent world that draws in girls like Sophie and destroys their lives, or leaves them dead and often forgotten. The mystery of Sophie Reeder’s fate hinges on one thing: if anyone knows what happened to her, why hasn’t she come forward? Listen now.

Sex trafficking takes place inside hotel rooms more than anywhere else.

No one knows when 16-year-old Marina Ralph entered room 334 of an Extended Stay hotel in Florida, or what happened to her while she was there. What we do know is that Marina was terrified of something. The only person who might have known what happened to her was a friend she met at school, but now both girls are dead. Listen now.

Shanika Ampah is a survivor of child sexual abuse and human trafficking, and now works trying to help other victims.

Shanika Ampah was a gifted child from a home with two loving parents. But a horrible tragedy struck and she, at just 11 years old, was lured by predators and taken out on the road to be sold as a product of a tractor-trailer. For seven years, she endured the horror that no girl should endure, until one day, when she takes a break. Listen now.

Jayden Alexis Frisbee died in 2021 at age 16 after being moved to 16 Florida group foster homes in a year and a half and then caught by sex traffickers.

A 13-year-old girl disappears from her mother’s apartment to return a week later beaten, raped and with a rose tattooed on her neck. She barely escaped the ordeal from her. But within hours, the police have her in handcuffs: she is under arrest for crimes that her captors forced her to commit. Listen now..

A group home at 1048 NE 3rd Ave in Fort Lauderdale where a 14-year-old girl was raped in the backyard on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 by a gunman.

A staff mentor at a group foster home lures two teenage residents to sell them for sex in hotel rooms from the Florida Keys to Tampa. A car crash in the middle of the night offers what may be their only chance to escape, but their captor isn’t done with them yet. Listen on March 20.

Sophie Reeder's pink bedroom, photographed on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, remains untouched since the night of her disappearance.  Sophie was a troubled 15-year-old when she left her home in the 1300 block of Citrus Isle around 10 pm on May 20, 2017. After two days of no word from Sophie, Patrick Reeder notified the police.  Police are offering up to $25,000 for legitimate tips leading to finding Sophie.

William Foster goes from pimping his high school sweetheart to building one of the largest trafficking empires in Florida. His fortune comes from dozens of girls, some of them minors, who strip and sell themselves for sex. But a monster hurricane off the Florida coast would threaten to topple everything. In addition, the search for Sophie Reeder intensifies. Listen on March 27.

Reporters Brittany Wallman and David Fleshler film a special episode of Felonious Florida, Season 3: Innocence Sold.

There have been a few updates to the cases featured in Season 3 of Felonious Florida: Innocence Sold. In a special episode, host David Schutz joins the reporters who brought him season 3, as well as two special guests to hear what’s happened in the past two months. The team also discusses the challenges of reporting these difficult cases and the child sex trafficking issues raised in our investigation. Listen now.

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Felonious Florida is a production of the South Florida Sun Sentinel in association with Wondery. follow us instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Contact us by email at feedback@feloniousflorida.com.

The Sun Sentinel’s full investigation into child sex trafficking can be found online at SunSentinel.com/traffic.

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