6 arrests in Northland human trafficking sting

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities conducting a human trafficking sting in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin have made six arrests.

They include a Douglas County, Wisconsin man charged with child enticement. Investigators say 51-year-old Ronald Provost, of Foxboro, responded to their fake online ad, supposedly from a 15-year-old girl. Police say he arranged to meet with the girl at a Superior, Wisconsin hotel after sending her a sexually explicit picture.

Five other Northland men were arrested on prostitution charges that resulted from the sting. Police say the men responded to a fictitious online ad placed by detectives that offered sex for money.

The sting operation was conducted by Superior and Duluth police along with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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