Online sex trafficking sting nets 11 arrests in North Dakota oil patchFARGO, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say 11 men were arrested in an online child sex trafficking sting in the western North Dakota oil patch.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say 11 men were arrested in an online child sex trafficking sting in the western North Dakota oil patch.
The men have been charged separately in federal court with attempted sex trafficking of children. The suspects range in ages between 18 and 50. Most are believed to be from out of state.
The arrests last weekend were part of an operation in which federal and state law enforcement officers, posing as online sex traffickers, offered underage girls for sex in the Dickinson area. A similar effort last month in the Williston area netted three arrests.
U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon calls the number of arrests "very concerning."
A judge has sealed affidavits with details about the case after prosecutors warned that further information might jeopardize the safety of undercover agents.