DULUTH, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — Enbridge Energy officials say two of its employees who were working on the Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota were fired after they were arrested in a sex sting.
The two men were among six men arrested after responding to an ad on a sex advertisement website. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the suspects were apprehended after showing up at an arranged meeting place.READ MORE: Hundreds Protest Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Pipeline In Northern Minnesota
The sting took place on Friday and Saturday in Beltrami County.
Line 3 starts in Alberta and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing northern Minnesota en route to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.READ MORE: 5 Minnesotans Charged In Itasca County Human Trafficking Sting
Minnesota State Sen. Mary Kunesh said that an earlier trafficking sting in February also resulted in charges against two Enbridge Line 3 employees, in Itasca County.
“Enbridge will tout zero tolerance for illegal behavior and terminate their workers — but what do you expect when you flood rural communities with 4,000 men, flush with cash, time on their hands? They were warned, by the victims themselves,” Kunesh said.
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