There is perhaps no viler scourge on this planet than pedophilia, and Americans, in particular, have an unshakeable disdain for the practice.
This is why our nation has been so enthralled with the saga of alleged child sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his second-in-command Ghislaine Maxwell. We abhor these human beings in such an open and shared way that our common hate breeds a sense of community among the do-gooders of the nation, which, in turn, gives us a rare excuse to exude our most heinous wishes upon them.
And part of the reason why we are so disdainful of these heathens is that they are hiding in plain sight among us, strolling around regular society with their terrible and dangerous secret still intact.
It’s even more worrisome when we discover just how close to our children that some of these people are, day in and day out.
Seventeen people, including at least two workers at Walt Disney World, have been charged in a Florida child-sex sting, officials said.
“You’ve got to know who your children are talking to, who they’re communicating with,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference detailing the operation, in which detectives posed as children on social media apps and dating sites.
Now here is where it gets disturbing.
Of the 17 people arrested, one said he was a lifeguard at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge and two others said they were custodians at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios, the sheriff’s office said.
Walt Disney World said the custodians, Jonathan McGrew, 34, and Savannah Lawrence, 29, are on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case.
The company said the person who said he was a lifeguard at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge does not work for Walt Disney World. It did not provide more details about whether he had ever done so.
Florida has been a focal point of child sex-trafficking news of late, with Sunshine State Congressman Matt Gaetz currently under investigation for his ties to just such an operation.