Insurance fraud, body-brokering and sex trafficking -- these are the schemes that have emerged in Florida's substance abuse treatment industry. Addicts who are lured in from around the country seeking treatment are getting caught in a vicious cycle of predatory scams and violent abuse. A multi-million dollar industry has emerged in the Sunshine state, funneling in victims to exploit for insurance fraud - many of whom are then sold for sex. As overdoses sky-rocket across the country, this is the story of those getting rich off a nation-wide drug epidemic.
Video Journalist: Emily Kassie
Associate Producers: Sutton Raphael and Aidan Shipley
Producer: Shaminder Dulai
Graphics: Owain Rich
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