Maple Grove is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
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Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of the county. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses.
Among the more serious problems associated with commercial sex in the area include child sex trafficking. For example, in Junea Maple Grove restaurant owner was arrested and charged with assisting in a sex trafficking operation police found to stretch across the United States.
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The criminal enterprise brought women from China to New York, then transported them to Hennepin County for prostitution. To combat prostitution and sex trafficking in the area, local law enforcement agencies have targeted consumer-level demand for commercial sex, which provides the revenue stream driving all commercial sex and trafficking.
For example, in a man was arrested in Maple Grove and later convicted for agreeing to hire for prostitution someone he reasonably believed was under age The man had responded to a juvenile escort ad placed online by undercover officers. They informed him the prostituted person was 16 years old and the suspect still requested sexual services.
Officers gave the man an undercover apartment address in Maple Grove, where he arrived and was subsequently arrested. A forensic analysis of his phone showed he was communicating with undercover officers. He was charged with a felony and pleaded guilty.
He was convicted of a gross misdemeanor and sentenced to a two-year probation. He was given 60 days in the workhouse, with days stayed if he successfully completes his probation terms. He was also required to receive therapy and undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Inanother man was arrested in a web-based reverse sting in Maple Grove, for offering to hire a year-old girl for sex.
The man responded to an online ad on back. He later initially pleaded not guilty to a charge of hiring, offering or agreeing to hire prostitution from a to year-old, a felony. He later pleaded guilty.
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He was convicted in of a misdemeanor and sentenced to two years of probation. He was required to perform 15 days of service or spend 60 days in the workhouse. He completed 15 days of service.
He was also required to receive a psychological evaluation and counseling, attend a sex offender program, not possess any sexually explicit material and not have any unsupervised contact with minor females except relatives. In March, a man was arrested in an undercover sting operation conducted by the Maple Grove Police Department that focused on electronic solicitation of minors.
Officers had placed numerous advertisements in online publications known to be used by individuals engaging in prostitution.
One of those individuals responding to the was allegedly a 70 year old man, who engaged in a text conversation with an undercover officer posing as a year-old girl. The criminal complaint stated that the suspect and the undercover officer exchanged information relating to their future encounter when the undercover officer stated that she was under 20 and asked if 15 was okay, and the suspect stated it was fine.
They agreed on money and a time and place to meet. The man went to a park in Maple Grove as instructed by the officer, was arrested, and was positively identified.
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The arresting officer also called the phone the text messages originated from and determined it was the phone found on the suspect. In a post-Miranda statement, the man admitted to texting with a person who said she was 15 and he agreed to pay for sex. It was originally developed by Dr.