Child sex trafficking sting leads to arrests in MN, Wis

5:21 PM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- The FBI announced Monday the arrests of 150 people and the rescue and recovery of 105 children involved child prostitution rings in 76 cities across the country.

Local FBI spokesperson Kyle Loven confirms there were four pimps arrested in the Twin Cities area and no victims recovered.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says 100 pimps and johns were arrested in Wisconsin, and adds that 10 children were rescued.  

St. Paul Police arrested two alleged pimps on Thursday July 25, Minneapolis Police arrested one on Friday and the Anoka County Sheriff's Office arrested one on Saturday.

The sweep, conducted over the past three days, was carried out in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. It represents the largest such law enforcement action focused on children forced into prostitution.

"Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America," said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division. "This operation serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere and that the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable."

Wisconsin's portion of the three-day long operation was conducted in the areas of Milwaukee, Madison/Wisconsin Dells and the Fox Valley. Fifteen special agents worked the detail.

"Children rescued as a result of these types of operations are often vulnerable and have been misled with promises of food, shelter and a future, and often times, love, only to be ensnared into a life of isolation, intimidation, violence and sex trafficking," Attorney General Van Hollen said. "I'm extremely thankful to the FBI for its leadership and all of our outstanding local law enforcement partners because without their commitment and cooperation, we wouldn't't be able to hold suspected traffickers accountable and rescue their victims."

You can find a breakdown of arrests and cities on the FBI website.

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