Sex Trafficking

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Local Companies Team Up To Fight Sex Trafficking

Minnesota-based company My Sister is teaming up with a private family foundation in efforts to quell sex trafficking in the state.

05/14/2015

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Illicit Massage Parlors See New Form Of Crackdown

In the last few years, the difficulty of dispelling massage parlor prostitution through traditional police methods has prompted some cities to experiment with a new enforcement approach.

05/06/2015

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2 Iowa Residents Plead Guilty In Va. Sex Trafficking Case

Two Iowa residents have pleaded guilty in a federal sex trafficking case in Virginia. Laura Sorensen and Aldair Hodza entered the pleas Friday in federal court in Richmond to sex trafficking and transporting a person across state lines for prostitution.

05/04/2015

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Blaine Man Convicted Of Sex Trafficking To Duluth Motel

A 36-year-old Blaine, Minnesota, man has been found guilty of sex trafficking for prostituting an 18-year-old woman in a Duluth, Minnesota, motel room.

04/27/2015

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2 Arrested For Having Sex With 17-Year-Old Trafficking Victim

Two men are accused of having sex with a runaway 17-year-old girl for money, in connection with a St. Paul prostitution sting earlier this year.

04/14/2015

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Fifth Suspect Arrested In Multi-State Sex Trafficking Ring

Police arreseted the fifth suspect in a multi-state sex trafficking ring investigation Thursday, according to Ramsey County Jail records. Arrested records indicate 19-year-old Suwan Dominique Cross of West St. Paul is charged with four counts of sex trafficking and three counts of underage sex trafficking.

03/13/2015

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Five Charged In Multi-State Sex Trafficking Ring

Five Twin Cities residents were charged Tuesday in connection to a multi-state sex trafficking ring, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office. Four of the five defendants are from St. Paul: 21-year-old Ishmael Jamaine Williams, 25-year-old Thomas William Evans, 28-year-old Yolanda Katrice Foster and 38-year-old Doris Marie Keller.

03/03/2015

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Man Gets 15 Years In Sturgis Underage Sex Trafficking Sting

A Belle Fourche man convicted of trying to pay for sex with underage girls at the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

02/10/2015

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Podcast Page: 2-3-15 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

A Timberwolves Ticket Tuesday…..click the link above to listen to Erik Paulsen discuss vaccinations, President Obama’s Budget and more.

02/03/2015

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ND Mulls Several Measures Aimed At Curbing Sex Trafficking

North Dakota lawmakers are considering several measures aimed at combating sex trafficking in the state.

01/28/2015

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Minnesota, North Dakota Lawmakers Renew Sex Trafficking Bill

wo Democratic U.S. senators from Minnesota and North Dakota are reintroducing bipartisan legislation in an effort to crack down on sex trafficking across the county. The Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act is modeled after Minnesota’s “Safe Harbor” law, which protects sex trafficking victims from being prosecuted as defendants.

01/14/2015

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Funding Sometimes Lags For Sex-Trafficking Victims

As awareness of America’s sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have not.

12/29/2014

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St. Paul Man, Woman Found Guilty In Sex Trafficking Case

A St. Paul man and woman have been found guilty of engaging in sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Jonathan Edwards, 25, and Kauser Yusuf, 22, were found guilty of one count each of first-degree sex trafficking of a minor.

12/23/2014

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Moorhead Police Arrest Man In Sex Trafficking Investigation

Moorhead police say they arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with a sex trafficking investigation Tuesday evening. According to police, a sex trafficking investigation led Moorhead detectives to an adult female victim. A suspect was then identified, located and arrested in south Moorhead at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

11/19/2014

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Sex Trafficking Of Teen Girls Subject Of New Documentary

Minnesota is one of the worst states for sex-trafficking of women and underage girls in the country.

10/24/2014

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9 Arrested In Wis. Child Sex Trafficking Sting

Authorities say nine people have been arrested in a child sex trafficking sting in the Eau Claire area.

10/20/2014

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St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking A Minor

A 25-year-old St. Paul man pleaded guilty Friday to one count of sex trafficking a minor. Dontre McHenry is accused of recruiting and trafficking teenage girls throughout Minnesota, according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lugar. McHenry is suspected of coercing at least three girls under the age of 18 between January 2013 and March 2014.

10/17/2014

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Minnesota Sex-Trafficking Convictions Rise In 2013

The Minnesota Public Safety Department says sex-trafficking convictions have doubled in the past year. The state report released Wednesday says convictions for solicitation and promotion of prostitution and sex trafficking rose to 63 in 2013 from 31 in 2012.

10/16/2014

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Man, Woman Plead Not Guilty To Sex Trafficking

A man and woman from Minneapolis have pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 31-year-old David Nance and 26-year-old Ashley Crayton are charged with sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.

09/20/2014

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New Study Sheds Light On Sex Trafficking In Mpls.

It’s an ugly business. A new study by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Foundation reveals local victims of sex trafficking are recruited in places we like to think are safe havens.

09/10/2014

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St. Paul Man, 25, Accused Of Sex Trafficking 3 Underage Girls

A 25-year-old St. Paul man faces serious charges in connection with a “sophisticated, ongoing criminal sex trafficking business” he allegedly operated, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

06/05/2014

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Klobuchar Uses Minn.’s ‘Safe Harbor’ Laws To Fight Sex Trafficking Abroad

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is using Minnesota’s sex trafficking laws as a way to improve safety across the country and the world. The state’s “Safe Harbor” laws ensure children who are sold for sex are treated as victims, not prosecuted as criminals.

05/16/2014

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Man Gets Nearly 5 Years For Sex Trafficking

A suburban St. Louis man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for transporting five female victims for prostitution purposes between Missouri and five other states. Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Barry Wimberly of Hazelwood, Mo., pleaded guilty in December to one felony count of transportation for purposes of prostitution.

03/12/2014

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1-22-14 Senator Klobuchar On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Should Cell Phone companies be required to have a “KILL SWITCH?” Senator Klobuchar talks with Dave….Listen by clicking the above link.

01/22/2014

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Man Gets Longest-Ever Sex Trafficking Sentence In MN History

A 30-year-old St. Paul man received the longest sentence ever imposed on anyone found guilty of sex-trafficking in Minnesota history. Otis Deno Washington was found guilty of first- and second-degree solicitation to practice prostitution (one involving a minor), two counts of promotion of prostitution, and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

01/09/2014

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