NEWSBRIEF: Eighteen people charged for sex trafficking after the Super Bowl

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Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry announced Feb. 14 that sex trafficking related charges have been brought against 18 individuals caught in a sex trafficking demand operation during Super Bowl week.

Also during Super Bowl Week, police recovered several victims of the commercial sex trade. 

These operations were part of multi-agency collaboration, including the East Metro Sex Trafficking Task Force and led by the Minneapolis Police Department as part of suppression efforts related to child sex trafficking. 

The East Metro Sex Trafficking Task Force consists of Detectives from the Oakdale Police Department, Woodbury Public Safety Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office, along with an attorney and an analyst from the Washington County Attorney’s Office. The East Metro Sex Trafficking Task Force was created in part after receiving a grant from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety/Office of Justice Programs that runs through 2019.

“We are committed to working in collaboration with our local law enforcement and federal partners in stemming the tide of sex trafficking in our communities,” Starry stated. “We will do this by vigorously investigating individuals that exploit juveniles and adults in the illegal sex trade industry in Washington County and the state of Minnesota. The commercial sex trade industry is not a victimless crime.”  

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