Two men were arrested in a sex trafficking sting by Roseville Police Department on Wednesday.
According to a release, undercover officers posing as "johns" responded to online ads promoting sexual encounters with women in the Twin Cities, and within a few hours they received more than 150 responses.
The setup involved meeting the prostitutes at a hotel in Roseville, with an agreement to exchange money for sex. Upon meeting the women, the officers connected them with advocates who specialize in guiding them away from sexual exploitation.
The bust led to the arrest of two men suspected of human trafficking, in addition to an ongoing investigation that could lead to more arrests.
Roseville police have upped their enforcement of human trafficking in 2018 thanks to a partnership with community groups that provide financial support and resources to better combat sex trafficking.
Roseville police made a similar bust in September by arresting buyers.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), human trafficking is "modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act."
Millions of people are victims of human trafficking around the world every year, and it's believed to be a billion-dollar industry. Drug trafficking is the only transnational crime that generates more profit, the DHS notes.