Sex Trafficking

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4 Minn. Family Members Now Convicted In Sex Trafficking Case

Four family members have now been convicted for participating in a sex trafficking ring that last about two years, extended to multiple Minnesota communities and victimized many vulnerable women. On Wednesday, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office announced that 30-year-old Otis Deno Washington, of St. Paul, was found guilty in Ramsey County District Court on multiple sex trafficking counts. According to a press release, they are: two counts of promotion of prostitution; two counts of solicitation, one involving a minor; and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

11/20/2013

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Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Role In Prostitution Ring

A Ramsey County jury found a 27-year-old Brooklyn Park man guilty on Friday in connection with a human sex trafficking operation that involved numerous victims — including women who were mentally slow or vulnerable — across multiple Minnesota communities.

11/09/2013

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Klobuchar Announces Legislation To Protect Minors Sold For Sex

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has announced new legislation to combat sex trafficking. The announcement was made at the Breaking Free” breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis. The breakfast was to benefit local sex trafficking victims.

11/02/2013

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Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Sex Trafficking Teen Girl In St. Paul

A Ramsey County jury found a Chicago man guilty in the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl in St. Paul in April 2013. Arteco Marvell Rhodes, 38, was found guilty of possession of child pornography and he will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13.

11/02/2013

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Minn. Man Convicted Of Human Trafficking

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office says in a release that a Logan County jury on Thursday convicted Preston Sanders, of St. Paul, Minn., of transporting a person under 18 knowing that person would be used for sex.

10/04/2013

From left to right, top to bottom: Otis Deno Washington, Antonio Washington, Calvin Washington, Robert Washington, Elizabeth Alexander. 
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Jury’s Indecision Pushes Sex Trafficking Case Into September

After five days of deliberation, a jury could not come to a unanimous decision in the case of a St. Paul sex trafficking ring that targeted vulnerable teenage girls, according to the Ramsey County Attorney. A trial date has now been set for early September, according to the attorney, in the case that prosecutes two brothers and their two uncles for sex trafficking at least 10 known victims.

07/18/2013

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Diverse Group Of Leaders Meet To Discuss MN Sex Trafficking

A Twin Cities community is searching for solutions to a growing and disturbing problem – the sex trafficking of young girls. Faith leaders, law enforcement and survivors attended a community meeting in Oak Park Heights Saturday. Earlier this month, the FBI ranked Minnesota 13th in the nation for sex trafficking.

06/29/2013

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FBI Ranks Minnesota 13th In U.S. For Sex Trafficking

It’s a story being written in the halls of schools across the Twin Cities — girls as young as 12 are being recruited as sex workers. The FBI ranks Minnesota 13th in the nation for highest incidence of sex trafficking.

06/12/2013

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Charges: Man Prostituted A 15-Year-Old Girl In St. Paul

A Chicago man has been accused of prostituting a 15-year-old in the St. Paul area, and beating her so bad that he nearly killed her, too. According to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County, 38-year-old Arteco Marvell Rhodes was charged with one count of first-degree engaging in sex trafficking, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of possession of child pornography.

06/04/2013

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Duluth Woman Charged With Aiding Sex Trafficking

A Duluth woman has been charged with aiding and abetting sex trafficking in the 1st –degree. According to the St. Louis County Attorney’s office, 22-year-old Tabbatha Lee Olson solicited and promoted several juvenile females for prostitution in the Duluth area. Along with 32-year-old Markeace Arque Canty, Olson used internet advertising as a means to promote child prostitution in several cities throughout the Midwest.

05/20/2013

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Man Convicted Of Contempt In Sex Trafficking Case

A man who repeatedly refused to testify in a sex trafficking case involving alleged Somali gang members has been convicted by a federal jury of contempt and obstruction charges.

04/17/2013

From left to right, top to bottom: Otis Deno Washington, Antonio Washington, Calvin Washington, Robert Washington, Elizabeth Alexander. 
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5 Charged In 2-Year Ramsey Co. Sex Trafficking Ring

Two St. Paul brothers, their uncles and a woman are now facing charges of sex trafficking that spanned over the last couple years, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

04/10/2013

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SD Man Found Guilty In Child Sex Trafficking Case

A South Dakota man has been found guilty in a child sex trafficking case.

04/05/2013

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Ad Campaign Promotes Bill To Help Sex Trafficking Victims

A media blitz is underway to draw attention to a need for housing to deal with the growing number of children caught up in sex trafficking.

03/23/2013

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Minneapolis Woman Gets 11 Years In Sex Trafficking Case

A 34-year-old Minneapolis woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison in federal court Monday in connection with a case involving the sex trafficking of a minor.

03/19/2013

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