sex trafficking

Three Men Arrested During Sex Trafficking Sting In Mahnomen

They were taken into custody as they arrived at an arranged meeting place for a sexual encounter

MAHNOMEN, MN — Three Minnesota men were arrested Friday in Mahnomen during a sex trafficking sting by TRUST: the Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking Task Force. Arrested were 46-year-old Steven Bergren of Lake Park, 35-year-old Shane Lehn of Rothsay and 59-year-old Michael Skjerven of Thief River Falls. The men arranged to meet investigators who were posing as sex trafficking victims…

Filling in the Cracks of Modern Day Slavery: A Survivor’s Story and the Red Sand Project’s Solution

About 40.3 million people are human trafficking victims globally

FARGO, N.D. –It’s a silent industry in more than 100 countries and in all 50 states, ruining lives and shattering families. In our lead story, KVRR’s Danielle Church tells us how a small group is fighting this industry, and in the process, taking on a task as big as the world itself. Trauma blocks some of the details but the…

Fargo Man Caught Up In Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Sting

Charged With Soliciting Prostitution From Someone Age 13 to 16

WOODBURY, Minn. — A Fargo man was among those arrested during the crackdown on sex trafficking during the Super Bowl. Authorities say 40-year-old Mitchell King was one of three men arrested after responding to an online ad for sex acts with children younger than 16. The men were all arrested as they arrived at an apartment in Woodbury. King faces…

Dozens Arrested In Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Sting

14 Women Were Rescued From Sex Trafficking Situations

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A Super Bowl sex sting resulted in dozens of arrests in the Twin Cities. More than three dozen people are facing possible felony charges for attempting to solicit children for sex or for trafficking victims. 14 women were rescued from sex trafficking situations. 7 people were booked for sex trafficking and the promotion of prostitution. The sting…

Nearly Two Dozen Arrests in Minnesota Sex Trafficking Ring

Authorities say the members of the ring also laundered millions of dollars in earnings

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Twenty-one people have been indicted in what authorities call a sophisticated sex trafficking ring. It brought hundreds of women from Thailand to Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities and forced them to work as prostitutes. Authorities say the members of the ring also laundered millions of dollars in earnings. The sex-trafficking ring started in 2009…

Are Police Losing a Tool with Backpage.com?

Police have used the site as a tool to catch traffickers just as traffickers have used to site to do business

The site Backpage.com has removed its adult section after a Senate Homeland Security Investigation found it had knowingly facilitated online sex trafficking. Law Enforcement has used the site to help catch traffickers. “The audacity of a group of American citizens wishing to hide behind the first amendment when they exploit children is beyond me,” said North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp…

“Your Company Exploits Children”: Senators Heitkamp, Klobuchar Take on Backpage.com

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp have been fighting back against human trafficking

Backpage.com has removed its adult services section. Last October, Backpage.com’s CEO was arrested after federal officials in Texas said that adult and child sex-trafficking victims had been forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the website. Minnesota Senator Klobuchar has been a national leader in the fight against human trafficking. She said Backpage.com’s announcement that it will be shutting…