Gee, I wonder what the names of the suspects will look like, when and if police/media finally decide to release them? Thirty three criminal justice agencies have arrested 11 for sex trafficking and 47 for soliciting a minor in undercover sting.
Star Tribune An investigation conducted over four days during the Final Four netted 58 people for attempting to solicit children for sex or for trafficking, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Of those arrested, eight of the people arrested were from out-of-state, said BCA Superintendent Drew Evans.
Suspects chatted on several social media platforms with undercover agents and investigators who posed as minors or as sex buyers, and then were arrested when they arrived at an arranged meeting place for an encounter.
Among the arrested were 47 people booked on probable cause of felony solicitation of a minor or solicitation of prostitution under the age of 16. Another 11 people were booked on probable cause of sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution. Some 28 victims were rescued from trafficking situations, including one minor.
Suspects were booked into the Hennepin, Anoka or Ramsey county jails and their cases will be submitted for charging. Most are from the greater Twin Cities area.
47 people were booked on probable cause felony solicitation of a minor or solicitation of prostitution under 16 years of age.
11 people were booked on probable cause sex trafficking, promotion of prostitution.
28 victims were rescued from trafficking situations, including one minor.
“This operation is an example of the aggressive steps necessary to stop traffickers and johns who buy and sell people for sex in our communities,” said BCA Superintendent Drew Evans. “We can’t let this crime continue, and we must work together to stop it.”
“It really illustrates that when law enforcement works collaboratively we can work to drive down this type of crime, and that Minnesota does not tolerate trafficking in the state,” Evans said in an interview.
The operation was conducted by personnel from 33 criminal justice agencies and was part of a human trafficking task force led by the BCA that includes investigators from the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Buffalo police departments, the Anoka and Hennepin County Sheriff’s offices, Homeland Security Investigations and the Ramsey County Attorney’s office.
“The results of the Final Four human trafficking operation remind us that we must continue to identify and aid the victims, arrest and prosecute the offenders, and continue to educate the public on ways to assist law enforcement in the prevention of human trafficking,” Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said in a statement.