Law enforcement officials throughout Minnesota are reporting the disruption
of a state-wide, and possibly nationwide, human trafficking and
prostitution ring, conducted primarily out of Anoka County. Agents conducted a two-day
undercover operation to make a total of 19 arrests. The operation ran
alongside another effort to make arrests associated with illegal online
solicitation. It is not known how many arrests, if any, were carried out
due to the online operation.
Most of the suspects were allegedly attempting to solicit sexual acts from
underage minors. 15 of the arrested suspects have been charged with suspicion
of probable cause to solicit a child. Four others were arrested for probable
cause of felony human trafficking. Details regarding how four of the suspects
were arrested for human trafficking and not attempted solicitation were
not immediately released.
Police officials also claim to have rescued 10 women during the operation’s
timeline. One of the women was a juvenile who was placed into protective
custody. The other women were questioned before being released without
any charges for solicitation.
11 of the suspects have been brought to charges so far. Charges are pending
for the other 8 but are believed to be filed soon. If convicted of just
one felony count, the suspects could each serve years in prison, pay substantial
fines, and be placed on
sex offender registration lists.
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