Walmart has fired 1,200 employees over a “sex trafficking” scheme
NEW YORK — — A Walmart employee has been fired after admitting he was selling sex for profit at a women’s clothing store in Florida, a company spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation filed complaints with the state alleging that employees at the Walmart store in Sunrise, Florida, were selling sex to customers through the store’s Men’s Wearhouse section, the Florida Business News reported.
The store owner, the department and the UBS brokerage firm that sold the goods to the store are investigating the allegations.
The investigation began when an employee was asked to leave the store and was questioned by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office about the allegations, the statement said.
The department and Walmart have also launched a criminal investigation into the allegations and the potential criminal violation of state and federal laws, according to the statement.
Walmart declined to comment on the allegations or the store owner.
The department filed a complaint with the Florida Attorney General’s Office last week and also has asked the Florida State Attorney General to launch an investigation.
Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, has more than 4,300 stores in the U., Canada and Mexico, with more than $9 billion in annual sales, according the company’s website.