Attorney General Honors Local FHP Troop For Rescuing Human Trafficking Victim

January 25, 2023

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody today presented a Back the Blue Award to Florida Highway Patrol Troop A for rescuing a human trafficking victim. Troop A’s area includes Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Troopers recovered a minor trafficked by a known gang member after a car pursuit. The investigation uncovered that the defendant transported the victim across the state and coerced the teenager into sex work and child pornography. In addition to the Back the Blue Award, Attorney General Moody presented a resolution to FHP Troop A recognizing National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in a Florida Cabinet meeting.

“I’m proud to present this Back the Blue Award and Cabinet Resolution to the courageous law enforcement officers in FHP Troop A—they are true heroes who rescued a minor from a dangerous human trafficker. Ending this atrocious crime is one of my top priorities and I’m grateful for our law enforcement in Florida who work daily to help us achieve this lofty goal,” Moody said.

Troopers rescued a human trafficking victim following a car chase involving the trafficker, a known felon and gang member. The perpetrator fled the scene, and troopers discovered the female minor. The investigation uncovered that the trafficker transported the minor from South Florida to Okaloosa County to coerce the victim into sex work and the creation of child pornography.

Attorney General Moody honored the following Troopers for rescuing the victim: Corporal Jacob Moore, Trooper Ethan Ellerbee, Trooper Matthew Davis and Trooper Ronald Khune.


6 Responses to “Attorney General Honors Local FHP Troop For Rescuing Human Trafficking Victim”

  1. Tara Robinson on January 25th, 2023 12:16 pm

    Ellerbee handled my car wreck in 3/7/18.. very grateful for their work

  2. Rick on January 25th, 2023 11:48 am

    Excellent work FHP Troop A!

  3. derek on January 25th, 2023 9:38 am

    Currently there are 8 Trooper vacancies in vacancies in Escambia County. Starting pay $55K per year plus overtime… State retirement 3% per year worked, full retirement after 25 years. State Health Insurance – Blue Cross Blue Shield Family Plan $180 dollars per month pretax. Vacation and sick leave, holiday compensation time.


  4. Jcellops on January 25th, 2023 9:02 am

    Very thankful that these officers were at the right place and the right time and took the correct fast actions to save this victim. Good work fellas!

  5. Susie on January 25th, 2023 8:46 am

    Bless them all, everyday in every way. Thank you!!!

  6. Jeannie on January 25th, 2023 8:34 am

    Great job guys! We need more officers like you.