Category: Minnesota

Central MN couple charged with sex trafficking

Investigators put Oriental Massage under surveillance, and detectives saw numerous men entering and leaving the Waite Park, Minn. business. They stopped and spoke to customers, most of whom denied engaging in sexual activity. Three men, however, confirmed that after receiving a massage they paid extra for a sex act. The victim said she was made to split profits from performing sex acts 50-50 with Jiang, and worried for her safety.

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St. Cloud Man Gets 20 Years For Sex Trafficking Charges

A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for multiple sex trafficking and prostitution promotion charges involving two women, including a juvenile. In June 2017, the woman reported a domestic assault involving Woods because she “refused to post in St. Cloud for prostitution,” according to court documents. Woods was arrested, and the woman described an ongoing abusive relationship with him.

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Human trafficking investigators see results in 9 months with ‘dedicated resources’

The Central Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force has seen roughly as much activity in its first nine months of full-time work as it did in four years of part-time work, according to officials. From April 2018 to the end of December, 62 sex buyers and eight traffickers were charged in Stearns County, officials reported. “I don’t think there’s any case out there that’s more complicated or dynamic than these types of cases in sex trafficking,” said Jeff Oxton, St. Cloud assistant police chief. “And so that’s why we need the dedicated resources.”

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Hotel employees across Minnesota now trained to spot signs of sex trafficking

Industry experts say the training is designed to create a level of awareness – especially in suspicious situations. “It’s those things that are out of the ordinary,” said Howard Anderson, a longtime member of the Minnesota Lodging Association. “People are asking for exit rooms, near exits, or they want to pay cash. They don’t want to give their license plates.”

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Our View: Learn to spot sex trafficking

Sexual exploitation and the buying and selling of our children and vulnerable others “happens here in Duluth every day,” Shunu Shrestha of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, or PAVSA, said in an interview a year ago with the News Tribune Editorial Board.

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Federal jury convicts 5 on charges they operated huge sex trafficking ring

The five defendants, from California, Texas and Illinois, were convicted in St. Paul, Minnesota on a range of counts including conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, money laundering and sex trafficking by use of force, fraud and coercion. Traffickers used phony bank accounts, created fictitious biographies and set up fraudulent marriages to assist the victims in getting visas. The women were forced to have sex with as many as 10 men a day, then told to pay back debts of $40,000 to 60,000, prosecutors said.

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Leader of international sex-trafficking ring that targeted Minnesota sentenced to 12 years in prison

The last of four defendants involved in an international sex trafficking ring that preyed on foreign-born women in Minnesota has been sentenced for her role in the operation. Sophia Wang Navas, 50, was sentenced in Washington County District Court Friday to twelve and half years in prison on one count of racketeering and a second count of aiding and abetting sex-trafficking.

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