As Minneapolis and Hennepin County fight the sex trafficking they say is facilitated by websites like Backpage.com, they run into an obstacle common around the country: anti-prostitution laws were written to combat brothels and streetwalkers. In an age when the oldest profession is made possible by the newest technology, prosecuting prostitution cases is a challenge.
Ferocious winds, possible tornadoes leave destruction in MN
Numerous reports of tornadoes and nearly 100 mph straight-line winds.
Canoe carrying 4 overturns near St. John's University
Of the four, only one was wearing a lifejacket when the boat capsized Wednesday.
MN's craft alcohol makers back new push to loosen state's liquor laws
The pushback includes loosening restrictions on growler sales for bigger craft breweries and a more direct line of spirit sales to customers.
Twin Cities placed in tornado watch ahead of intense line of storms
Photo above is a view from Marshall as the line of storms moved through Thursday evening.
Tornado watch in MN as intense line of storms blasts through
The tornado watch is in effect until midnight.
Rare 'particularly dangerous situation' weather watch issued in SW MN
The warning covers an area of Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Dad and 2 children killed in western Wisconsin house fire
A devastating house fire happened early Thursday morning.
2 suspects involved in Brooklyn Park armed carjacking
The incident happened Wednesday night near a shopping center and Cub.
Man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for child pornography
Alexander John Odegaard was sentenced in U.S. District Court Tuesday.
Victim in I-90 crash was storm-chasing meteorologist from Mexico
Martha Llanos Rodriguez died in the wreck on I-90.
Prosecutors struggle to get witnesses to testify in sex trafficking case
One witness at the trial in Nashville chose to go to prison rather than testify against the nine defendants, most of whom are originally from Somalia. A woman who did testify says other Somalis have called her a snitch and blame her for the arrests of the defendants. She testified that a Somali gang kept teenagers from Minnesota and two other states as prostitutes in a Nashville apartment.
Former Olympian arrested in St. Paul in prostitution sting
A former Olympic skier who is now running for parks commissioner in the west metro area was arrested in St. Paul. Police told the Pioneer Press that 43-year-old Matthew Laue was cited last week for a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute.
Police cracking down on prostitution in Twin Cities suburb
Undercover officers, often posing as customers answering ads on websites like Backpage.com, are aggressively going after prostitutes and pimps in Plymouth. Police hope recent arrests, as well as more exposure of the problem, will help drive out an industry that often takes advantage of vulnerable people.
Somalis accused in Twin Cities prostitution ring face trial in Nashville
Fifteen defendants are accused of forcing teenage girls into prostitution and operating a sex trafficking ring in the Twin Cities, Ohio and Tennessee. The federal trial is set to begin, with jury selection Tuesday.
Defense: Prosecutors played only fraction of calls in terrorism case
A defense attorney for one of two Rochester women accused of funneling money to terrorists in Somalia claims the prosecution is cherry-picking evidence to bolster its case.
Governor signs law to let UND drop 'Fighting Sioux' nickname
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed a law overturning an attempt by some North Dakota legislators to require that the university keep the controversial nickname. The NCAA had banned the school from hosting postseason tournaments and prohibited players from wearing the uniforms during postseason play.
First of its kind report details bleak experiences of Minnesota's American Indian prostitutes
Nearly all of the American Indian women who wind up in the sex trade entered into it through a deception. Report interviewer Guadelupe Lopez says 'being asked by your boyfriend to sleep with three other guys is just a part of life.' From there its a life of violence, drug abuse and homelessness. American Indian women make up a disproportionately large percentage of women on probation for prostitution.
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