Federal Authorities Seize Backpage.comSen. Amy Klobuchar helped author the bill, and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has led the way in fighting the source of trafficking.
Klobuchar Calls Shuttering Of Backpage.com’s Adult Section 'Long Overdue'Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says it’s "long overdue" that Backpage.com, an advertising website frequently linked to cases of sex trafficking, shut down its adult section in the U.S.
Large Sex Trafficking Case Concludes With 5th Defendant Pleading Guilty, SentenceThe prosecution of a large sex trafficking ring concluded Thursday with the fifth and final defendant pleading guilty and subsequently sentenced, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced Friday.
6 Men Face Charges Following 'Guardian Angel' Sex Trafficking StingSix men face sex trafficking charges after an undercover operation earlier this month in Hastings.
Backpage Ad Site: Aider Of Traffickers, Or Way To Stop Them?Is the huge classified ad site an abettor of sexual trafficking and exploitation, or a beacon of free expression? Does it generate crime, or help solve it?
Duluth Prostitution Sting Puts 15 Behind BarsMore than a dozen people are facing behind bars after a two-day prostitution sting by police at a Duluth area motel late this week. Fourteen men face charges for soliciting prostitution, one of whom faces additional charges for sex trafficking and selling methamphetamine. A woman was also taken into custody for offering prostitution services.
Five Charged In Multi-State Sex Trafficking RingFive 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.
St. Paul Man, Woman Found Guilty In Sex Trafficking CaseA 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.
St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking A MinorA 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.
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.
Former Hospital CEO Accused Again Of Soliciting ProstitutionBloomington Police arrested 16 people in a recent prostitution sting, including the former CEO of a Twin Cities hospital. David Cress, 64, was among the 15 men and one woman arrested on Tuesday. North Memorial Medical Center cut ties with Cress after police arrested him in a prostitution sting in Richfield four years ago.
Chicago Man Gets MN's Longest Sex Trafficking SentenceA Chicago man was sentenced Friday to more than 26 years in prison for the sex trafficking of a teenage girl – which may be the longest sentence ever given in Minnesota for such a crime. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, Arteco Marvell Rhodes, 38, was found guilty on Nov. 1 on one count of engaging in sex trafficking in the first degree and possession of child pornography. Rhodes met the defendant, a 15-year-old girl, in Chicago in March, and asked her if she “wanted to make money and be part of the family.” Within weeks, Rhodes drove the teen and a 19-year-old woman from Chicago to the Twin Cities in a conversion van.
Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Sex Trafficking Teen Girl In St. PaulA 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.
Charges: Man Prostituted A 15-Year-Old Girl In St. PaulA 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.
Police: Hopkins Cheerleader Used Teammate As A ProstituteAn 18-year-old Hopkins High School senior cheerleader allegedly used her sophomore teammate as a prostitute, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County. Montia Marie Parker, 18, of Maple Grove was arrested on one count of second-degree felony sex trafficking, and one count of felony solicitation, inducement and promotion of prostitution.