After days of selecting jurors, attorneys are set to give opening arguments on Monday in the trial of more than a dozen people accused in a sex trafficking ring run by Somali gangs that reached from Minnesota to Tennessee.
A 32-year-old Minneapolis woman has been charged with allegedly sex trafficking a minor in November of 2011, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
A 52-year-old Woodbury man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for bringing a 15-year-old girl across state lines with the intention of having her engage in prostitution.
A new community effort is underway to end sex trafficking along the north shore in Duluth.
Stevon Warren was convicted after a three-day trial on one count of sex trafficking a minor and one count of interstate transportation to engage in prostitution.
When she was 13, Amber Whitefeather met a smooth-talking man on the streets of Minneapolis who seemed to have it all: He wore a silk suit and snakeskin boots, drove a car with Jersey plates and, above all, seemed like he could be the protector she never had.
Men stalking girls at schools and malls only to sell them for sex isn’t just happening in other countries. Sex trafficking happens every day in Minnesota.
A Minnesota woman who spent 27 years in the sex industry said police shouldn’t punish women who participate in prostitution but focus on the men who pay them.
Minneapolis is on a list of 13 cities with a high concentration of sex trafficking organizations. It’s a growing problem, and with children often the victims, several county attorneys are working to change the way Minnesota deals with the young victims.
Prosecutors who want a man accused in a sex trafficking ring run by Somali gangs to stay in jail pending trial claim his brother is not a trustworthy custodian.
Federal authorities say they’ve busted up a sex trafficking ring based in the Twin Cities. They say 29 people are behind the ring that forced girls as young as twelve to have sex for money and drugs.