MINNEAPOLIS - An in-depth investigation in the prostitution-related activities of a pair of teenage girls has led to the arrest of four Twin Cities men.
One, a 55-year-old Minneapolis man investigators call a "pimp" is charged withfelony solicitation and prostitution, while the other three men are considered customers or "johns" charged with solicitation of a minor for prostitution.
In September Minneapolis Police officers became aware that two females, ages 16 and 17, had run away from a treatment facility and were being used as prostitutes in Minneapolis. The initial investigation netted one john, 62-year-old Santos Nunez of Minneapolis, who was charged with two counts of prostitution.
That investigation led to a Minneapolis man who police say picked up runaway girls and used his home onthe 4600 block of 3rd Avenue South to prostitute them. One of the teens helped investigators listen in on a phone call with Bernard Morris, age 55, who told her he would set up meetings with johns for her, but would require sexual favors in return.
Police say Morrisalso admitted that he had paid the victims for sex acts in the past. He was arrested, charged with three felony counts and later agreed to cooperate with authorities.
In late October Morris contacted two south metro men and arranged for them to come to his home and have sex with the teenagers in exchange for money. Officers arrested 45-year-old Thanh Bui of Eagan and 46-year-old Phuoc Phong Le of Shakopee.
A third man, 50-year-old Kham Luu of Eagan, was also arrested at Morris's home after coming to have sex with a girl he believed was 15-years-old.
The Department of Homeland Security provided technological, monetary and personnel support to help Minneapolis Police with this investigation and others involving human trafficking in Minnesota.