Authorities made a sizable dent in Twin Cities sex trafficking this week with the arrest of 11 people — and the rescue of 18 others.
On Friday, the Bureau of Criminal of Apprehension (BCA) announced the results of a sex trafficking operation focusing on the metro:
The announcement says three people were arrested for sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution, while another eight were arrested for "solicitation of a minor or solicitation of prostitution under 16 years of age."
Authorities around the metro and beyond were involved in the operation, with some 16 law enforcement agencies participating.
It's not clear whether they busted a single trafficking ring or several smaller ones.
There's also no word on whether charges have been filed against any of the suspects yet.
The BCA says the 18 people rescued have been offered victim services.
According to the office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Minneapolis is "one of the top locations in the U.S. for child sex trafficking," with a six-month study by local prosecutors finding more than 34,000 online listings for sex in the Twin Cities.
The BCA urges anyone who suspects trafficking or is interested in victim resources to contact the Human Trafficking Hotline.