Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 26 September |
Saint of the Day: Sts Cosmas and Damian
home iconNews
line break icon

58 arrested in child sex sting at NCAA Final Four in Minnesota


Tom Farmer|Pixabay

Zelda Caldwell - published on 04/11/19 - updated on 04/11/19

Undercover agents posed as children on various social media platforms.

Scores of suspects were arrested on child sex trafficking charges during the last weekend of the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Minneapolis, Minnesota, reported Reuters.

The suspects were arrested as a result of a sting operation in which undercover agents posed as children or sex buyers on a number of social media platforms. According to the Reuters report, agents “chatted” with the suspects online, and then arrested them at the location where they had arranged to meet.

Of the 58 people arrested, 47 face felony charges of solicitation of a minor or solicitation of prostitution with someone under the age of 16. Eleven others were arrested for sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution. A majority of those arrested were from the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area, according to the state department of public safety.

“This operation is an example of the aggressive steps necessary to stop traffickers and johns who buy and sell people for sex in our communities,” said Drew Evans, superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Over 33 local and state agencies, along with federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations, were involved in the sting operation. A similar investigation was conducted during the week before the Super Bowl in Atlanta, and 169 people were arrested.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
J-P Mauro
Chicago architect models Vatican City from 67,000 LEGO bricks
Philip Kosloski
Why J.R.R. Tolkien loved to attend daily Mass
Cecilia Pigg
7 Ways the saints can help you sleep better at night
The Sinai Peninsula and the Dead Sea Rift
J-P Mauro
Experts now believe Sodom was destroyed by a meteor
Bret Thoman, OFS
Exclusive photos: Meet Padre Pio and the place he lived
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady saved Padre Pio from a violent demonic attack
Cerith Gardiner
9 Padre Pio quotes for when you’re feeling scared or uncertain
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.