More than three-dozen people are facing possible felony charges following their arrests for attempting to solicit children for sex or for trafficking victims in Minnesota.
Investigators with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force conducted a sting January 26 through February 3. During it, suspects chatted with undercover agents and investigators on several social media platforms and were then arrested as they arrived at an arranged meeting place for an encounter.
All were booked into the Ramsey, Scott or Washington County jails and are awaiting charges. Most are from the greater Twin Cities area.
The BCA says 36 people were booked on a preliminary charge of felony solicitation of a minor, seven for sex trafficking, promotion of prostitution, and 14 women were rescued from trafficking situations.
Many additional agencies participated in the sting, including the Carver, Crow Wing, Dakota, Pope and Ramsey County sheriff’s offices; the Belle Plaine, Chaska, New Prague, North St. Paul, Savage and Shakopee police departments; and the Scott and Washington county attorney’s offices.