St. Paul PD's human trafficking investigation chronicled on A&E show


The St. Paul Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit was featured on an episode of the new A&E show "American Takedown" Thursday night.

The episode chronicles the investigation of a suspected multistate prostitution ring. According to the Pioneer Press, the cameras were with the unit from the early steps of the investigation, through the arrests.

You can watch a clip from the program below. The full episode is not available online as of Friday morning.

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The investigation led to arrests and charges in March, the Pioneer Press said.

Those charged, according to an earlier story:

· Thomas William Evans, 25, of St. Paul
· Ishmel Jamaine Williams, 21, of St. Paul
· Suwan Dominique Cross, 19, of West St. Paul
· Doris Marie Keller, 38, of St. Paul
· Yolanda Katrice Foster, 28, of St. Paul

County Attorney John Choi said each defendant faces multiple sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

St. Paul police began investigating the defendants last September after officers rescued a 17-year-old victim through an undercover sting operation, according to the criminal complaints.

Choi called it "a well-organized sex trafficking operation, funded entirely by men paying for sex with vulnerable girls and young women in our community."

Two of the suspects pleaded guilty in June. The Pioneer Press says the other three have also pleaded guilty.

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