18 people charged with sex trafficking during Super Bowl week

WOODBURY, Minn. (WEAU) -- Sex trafficking related charges have been brought against 18 people caught in a sex trafficking demand operation during Super Bowl week.

This operation was part of multi-agency collaboration, including the East Metro Sex Trafficking Task Force, as part of suppression efforts related to child sex trafficking.

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.

Also during Super Bowl Week, the East Metro Sex Trafficking Task Force in collaboration with the Minneapolis Police Department recovered several victims of the commercial sex trade.

The 18 people were charged in Washington County for solicitation of a juvenile for sex.

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