Talking Points: Child Sex Trafficking & Backpage.comChild sex trafficking continues to be a problem across the country and here in the Twin Cities. Law enforcement officers say websites that advertise escort services are one of the biggest sources for trafficking.
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.
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.
SD Man Found Guilty In Child Sex Trafficking Case A South Dakota man has been found guilty in a child sex trafficking case.
Ad Campaign Promotes Bill To Help Sex Trafficking VictimsA 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.
Hotel Workers Learn How to Spot Child Sex Trafficking Law enforcement officials are working with Twin Cities hotels to put a stop to child sex trafficking.