Republican Accomplice Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges
The 19-year-old woman suspected of helping a wealthy, young Republican strategist in Minnesota recruit underage girls for sex has been arrested in Florida. Gisela Castro Medina now faces the same criminal charges as her alleged accomplice, GOP operative Anton Lazzaro.
Lazzaro was arrested Thursday morning in Minneapolis and charged with sex trafficking of a minor, attempt to commit sex trafficking and obstruction of justice. It appears that law enforcement caught up with Castro Medina Thursday evening in the Florida panhandle. She was labeled a “fugitive from justice” and locked up overnight, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department.
The agency’s website indicates that she was denied an opportunity to pay bond for release and was instead transferred out of their custody on Friday afternoon.
“We as an organization are absolutely disgusted by the actions of Ms. Medina, and have cut all ties with her effective immediately,” Nia Moore, the group’s chair, said in a statement. “Our prayers go out to the victims of Anton Lazzaro and Gisela Medina—we believe you. We stand with you. May justice be served.”
According to two of Lazzaro’s former associates, he currently is dating an 18-year-old woman. One said he met her through Castro Medina.
Lazzaro, a Ferrari-driving wannabe playboy who helped bankroll several Republican politicians, is accused in the indictment of pairing up with an associate in a months-long campaign in 2020 to recruit five young girls for paid sex—and an attempt to pressure a sixth. The indictment also claims his associate “intentionally interfered” with the federal investigation in March 2021.