When St. Paul police started getting complaints about on craigslist, the vice unit began sting operations. Police have arrested about 50 people since they set up an undercover apartment in May, said Cmdr. During a three-day sting last month, the first multiday enforcement effort, police arrested 22 people. Police have arrested a mix of prostitutes and johns, some of them prominent people in the community — including a pastor, a former prosecutor and current lawyer, and a one-time politician.
In St. Officers set up appointments at the undercover apartment with the men who contact them and the women whose they respond to. When the suspect arrives, the undercover officer agrees to exchange sex for money, Thomasser said.
Then, officers step in and arrest the man or woman.
His arrest on Sept. During one day in August, police arrested Robert Daniel Rasmus, a former assistant Hennepin County attorney currently practicing in Edina; and Timothy Droogsma, who ran unsuccessfully for the Minnesota Senate in and the U.
House inand had served as spokesman for Gov. Arne Carlson and U. Rudy Boschwitz. An year-old told police she started working for a pimp when she was When Julie began using the Internet for prostitution about two years ago, she tried to screen her customers, but responding to one led to her being raped and robbed, she said.
I would meet these guys and no one else would see them. At least if I was on the street, other people would be around and see me get into a car or something. Last month, a year-old Burnsville woman pleaded guilty in U. Authorities say the girls were underage high school students.
Justine Alex Reisdorf faces up to five years in prison. When Minneapolis police Sgt. Matt Wente started working vice inhe would see 15 to 20 for local prostitution on Web sites.
Now, there are upwards of a day, he said. Prostitutes who work in massage parlors or for escort services may be moving their business to the Internet, he said. Mara H. Gottfried covers St. Paul public safety.
She can be reached at mgottfried pioneerpress. During St. About 50 people have been arrested since May. By Mara H. Gottfried mgottfried pioneerpress.
Many of the men arrested are in their 40s or 50s and live in the suburbs, but work in St. A spokeswoman for craigslist said the site does not welcome illegal activity. More in News.
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