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Minnesota Police Agencies Pooled Together for Human Trafficking Sting Operation

February 07, 2018 07:33 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Dozens of police agencies pooled together for the sting operation surrounding Super Bowl weekend. In the span of ten days, 36 people were booked for felony solicitation of a minor, seven were arrested and charged with sex trafficking and promoting prostitution, and 14 women were rescued from trafficking situations.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension sent investigators and officers to work behind the scenes, using social media, where sex for sale is advertised, to make arrests and rescues.

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"Online traffickers will do a great job in making you think you can trust them and making you think they're there to be your friend, but they're really adults with sinister minds ready to exploit children to perform sexual acts," BCA Superintendent Drew Evans said.

All of the arrests made in this time span will be under review by the Ramsey County Attorney and the Scott County Attorney. If they find any probable cause then the men arrested will be charged.

BCA encourages if you see any suspicious activity related to human trafficking, to call the Minnesota National Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733.

Four of the arrests made in the 10 days were tipped off by hotline callers.


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