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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A South Dakota man has been found guilty in a child sex trafficking case.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, the Minneapolis City Council got their first report on the latest efforts to stop child sex trafficking in the city.
Law enforcement officials are working with Twin Cities hotels to put a stop to child sex trafficking.
A jury has convicted a 26-year-old man for sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution in Chicago and eventually Minneapolis, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
A Minneapolis man is charged with running a juvenile sex trafficking operation out of his home, while an Eagan man is charged with giving the operation business.
The Village Voice is being sold, along with all of its affiliated free arts weeklies, but the deal excludes the online classified site Backpage.com, whose listings have drawn fire for promoting the illegal sex trade.
A national movement is calling for advertisers to boycott City Pages in response to adult classifieds. The controversy is over the website Backpage.com, which, along with City Pages, is owned by Village Voice Media.