CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — Nine men from Minnesota and Wisconsin have been arrested in an Internet prostitution sting.

Detectives used a Cloquet hotel as the base for the prostitution arrests. The men are from Duluth, Minneapolis, Cloquet and Superior, Wis., and range in age from 24 to 62.

Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler says social media and the Internet have allowed prostitution to flourish. He says people have access to information and opportunities not provided in the past. The nine men have posted bail, which was set at $600 or $6,000 cash.

The Duluth News Tribune says federal agents helped conduct the sting operation.

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Comments (18)
  1. Elmo says:

    Social Media boomed the Prostitution, and cheating on your spouse. Digital camera’s boomed the child porn industry. Welcome to the new Technology.

  2. allrepubsrcriminals says:

    More republicans hard at work.

    1. allrepubsrcriminals says:

      I couldn’t get laid if I tried.

  3. Les Johnson says:

    Legalize it and regulate it. Why is this illegal in the first place I have to ask? Getting anonymous noggin from a stranger is something to be imprisoned for? What??

  4. Mel says:

    Prostitution is sex-slavery. Most of the women/girls are victims and do not do this by choice. This is why it’s illegal, well, one of the main reasons. To any woman reading this that is trapped in prostitution, you have value and worth beyond your “assets”. Remember your dreams and go after them. Get help if you need it. There are many organizations in the twin cities that will help you and your kids; including Breaking Free.

    1. Les Johnson says:

      Prostitution in today’s society is run by street thugs. That is the reason why SOME of them are victims.

      What about the ones who ARE prostitutes by choice? Don’t say it doesn’t happen, because I can give dozens of examples showing it does.

      1. Mel says:

        @les…That’s why my post said “most women”. I don’t completely understand why anyone would willingly choose to prostitute themselves, but most of the time those women/men were molested as children. My heart just breaks for them. If you’ve been treated like a dog your whole childhood, as an adult you don’t know any other way to behave. When a little spirit is shattered and broken, healing is very hard to come by; but not impossible.

        1. Les Johnson says:

          I’m sure that’s the situation in a lot of cases, but it really can’t be argued that there is, and will always be, a market for cheap, anonymous sex acts to be performed.

          As the saying goes… People don’t pay for the sex, they pay for the girl to leave afterwards…

          1. Mel says:

            @Les….i can not argue that there is a demand, unfortunately.

            1. Les Johnson says:

              Why do you say “unfortunately” that there is a demand?

              You’re somehow wishing men would stop enjoying commitmentless physical gratification? I can assure you that is an impossibility. It would be more time and cost effective to legalize it and oversee it to ensure the health of those involved.

    2. What??? says:

      If you look at places like Nevada that do have it legalized there is not the sex-slavery that you talk about. You could also use the Netherlands as a perfect example. This is an industry that makes money and when you have a demand for something than make it illegal you let the criminals take it over. If you regulate it then people cannot run things like the sex trafficking as there is not enough demand for people to go to the illegal groups. Just like going to the Doctor. Would you rather go to a legal Dr. that is licensed and has a clean place to work or are you going to the guy that has a table in an ally? Please do some homework before talking about consequences. Just like drugs, people will talk about it like they wrote the book yet never look at success stories that have already taken place.

      1. Mel says:

        @what??? So you are saying that I am wrong and uninformed? I just want to make sure I understand what you are accusing me of being. The article refers to an illegal prostitution ring. In no place in my comments do you see me addressing the legal sex trade. So you are addressing what could be, not what is. My information is based on the testimonies of women and girls as young as 12, who were and are trapped in sex-slavery, and the numbers of immigrants brought here through sex trafficking. If you like legal prostitution so much,
        move to Nevada. Prostitution in any form objectifies women, whether the women choose it for themselves or not. You must be so proud of yourself for defending prostitution.

  5. Reasonable says:

    I just wonder what the guys asked for that ended up with a $600 to $6,000 difference in bail!

    1. Les Johnson says:

      Probably asked his wife…

  6. me says:

    Wow, I guess pimp’n aint easy…

  7. Doug Says says:

    Its hard out here for a pimp…….when the moneys all gone and the ho’s are jumpin ship. Isn’t marriage just legal prostitution?……its been costing me money for sex for 15 years.

  8. Anonymous says:


    Thank you for your intelligent and compassionate comments. Other comments posted just show how society continues to spiral into a cess pool of filth. The men who make jokes about prostitution are low souls. They don’t know any better. They can’t help how stupid they are, nor do they have the ability to comprehend.

    Prostitution may have been around for centuries, but that doesn’t make it right. If the men who make the rude comments could experience what it is like to be a 15 year old girl, with a pimp who makes her work all hours of the day and night, beats her, injects her with heroin, lets the sickest me violate her in painful ways, puts her in life threatening danger, exposes her to STDs, takes away her human rights, and drains her until she becomes a throw away or dead, maybe they’d wake up and see the brutality of this crime.

    But that is only wishful thinking on my part. A spiritual awakening is the only answer for men such as them.

    Thanks again Mel. Keep your high morals and compassion. The world needs you.

    1. What??? says:

      Before you get off your high horse I would like to ask you something. Do you not believe that your actions in life cause a chain of reactions that have something to do with the bad/good that happens to you? You say that the girls are abused and mistreated, I understand and sympathize with the people that are honestly kidnapped and put into this position. Let’s try and get real though, the majority of the people that fall into this are not people that are kidnapped, but people that have made horrible choice’s in life such as drugs, alcohol, chose your poison, and have not been able to kick it. Therefore they get into this kind of work to feed the habit. Yes, once in it, it is hard to leave as how do you get a job now? Please do not sit there and tell us all that all the people that are into prostitution are kidnapped little girls taken from the neighborhood swing set and then forced into this. Some yes, all defiantly not. You have a heck of a fictional story there though, I am guessing you just watched a tear jerking made for TV movie recently. Playing the “everyone is a victim” card is just sad. Some people make their own beds, now let them sleep in it and maybe make some money along the way. I am not trying to start a fight on this, I am just tired of people always thinking that all bad things that happen to people are because of an evil person that is out to get you. Not all bad things happen because of others.

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