Washington County Attorney Pete Orput and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said a Chinese national man has been arrested as part of an alleged major, sophisticated and brutal interstate sex trafficking ring -- that also reached into North Dakota.
Authorities filed charges in Washington County in a sex-trafficking operation which they say stretched across the U. Paul, Blaine, Maplewood and St. Louis Park. Part of the ring operated out of the east metropolitan area.
That's where Cottage Grove police discovered a house purchased by traffickers that had nothing but those two beds and a line of men waiting to have sex, said Orput. The women trafficked were made to work 12 to 14 hours a day and had to pay their traffickers housing fees, transportation costs and hotel expenses and provide their own food, authorities said. None of them lived in the areas they were sold and some had to give over their passports, authorities said. Orput said the enterprise appeared to be headquartered in Irvine, Calif.
Paul, Oakdale, Cottage Grove and Minneapolis police. Investigators discovered tens of thousands of dollars in traffickers' bank s, authorities said.
Each faces six felonies, including racketeering, aiding and abetting in sex trafficking, aiding and abetting in the promotion of prostitution and aiding and abetting a business engaged in the concealment of criminal proceeds. While describing the prosecutions as a victory in the fight to combat sex trafficking, Orput said agencies still have a lot of work in front of them.
Both he and Choi emphasized that part of the effort also needs to target and reduce the demand fueling the sex-trafficking market. Trending Articles.
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