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June 1, 2018
NissWATCH program busts human trafficking myths - Parents learn how to keep kids safe on social media
What comes to mind after hearing the terms "sex trafficking" or "human trafficking?" For many, it's thoughts of a young girl or woman tied up...
June 1, 2018 - 7:00am
May 23, 2018
Nisswa 'Truth 911' hosts talk on sex trafficking
NISSWA—Six. The age of a child when they have their first encounter with a pornographic image. This was one statistic reported at an informational...
May 23, 2018 - 6:32pm
Symposium offered on dangers of sex trafficking, sexual assault
The symposium "One Loaf at a Time," which focuses on the dangers of sex trafficking and sexual violence, will be held Wednesday and Thursday,...
April 23, 2018 - 7:00am
April 5, 2018
Sex trafficking seminar April 25-26 in Hackensack
HACKENSACK—Linnea Dietrich of Hackensack and Lynnette Dirks-Tripp will offer a two-day seminar again this year to make people aware of sex trafficking in this area. Last year, 450 people attended a film presentation at Bear Pause Theater about this subject. This year, there...
April 5, 2018 - 1:30pm
March 28, 2018
Self-help guru coerced followers into sex, branded women with cauterizing pen, feds say
Authorities caught up with the alleged fugitive self-help guru behind the walls of a luxury gated community near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The villas inside, according to court documents filed this week, had a price tag of up to $10,000 a week, not a place to expect a man who claimed...
March 28, 2018 - 7:07am
February 9, 2018
'Boss lady' in international sex trafficking sent to Minn. prison
ST. PAUL—A ringleader in an international sex-trafficking operation will spend 8.5 years in prison — and she should "thank her lucky...
February 9, 2018 - 7:44pm
February 7, 2018
Super Bowl sting: 26 nabbed for soliciting sex from minors, 7 for trafficking
MINNEAPOLIS—A 43-year-old man thought he was texting with a girl when he asked her age and whether she had modeled before. She said she...
February 7, 2018 - 8:33am
February 2, 2018
Capitol Chatter: High school student fights sex trafficking
ST. PAUL — A high school junior leads an effort to prevent sex trafficking around Minnesota. Jessica Melnik of Hopkins High School founded...
February 2, 2018 - 12:11pm
February 1, 2018
Super Bowl Live employee offered VIP tickets in exchange for sex with teens
ST PAUL -- A Missouri man in town to work at Super Bowl Live is accused of offering two VIP tickets to the event in exchange for sex with a pair of teens. Justin Beard, 33, of Branson, Mo., was charged Thursday, Feb. 1, with two counts of offering or agreeing to hire a prostitute...
February 1, 2018 - 7:31pm
January 28, 2018
Strategies for staying safe on social media suggested at YMCA
Accusations of sexual harassment by celebrities have dominated national headlines in recent months, but local parents may be more concerned about...
January 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Super Bowl the biggest time for sex trafficking? That's a myth, but here's the picture of what happens every day in the Twin Cities
ST. PAUL—There was a time when Jenny Gaines went to the biggest sporting events—she traveled to Las Vegas or Atlantic City for Mike...
January 28, 2018 - 8:00am
January 24, 2018
Law enforcement plans for sex trafficking issues around Super Bowl
MINNEAPOLIS—A side effect of any big event like the Super Bowl is sex trafficking. "We know that there's going to be a million-plus people...
January 24, 2018 - 1:45pm
January 22, 2018
Forum delves into shady practices behind sex trade
Area residents funneled into the Franklin Arts Center Thursday to shed light on the manipulative business practices behind sex trafficking—a...
January 22, 2018 - 4:00am
January 20, 2018
Coming Monday: Forum on "supply" side of sex trafficking
At Franklin Arts Center, a panel of advocates, social workers and law enforcement officers discussed the issue of sex trafficking, its prominence...
January 20, 2018 - 7:00am
January 19, 2018
Sex trafficking making inroads in Brainerd lakes area
The Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza is the largest charitable ice fishing contest, and the family-fun event annually attracts...
January 19, 2018 - 8:00am