September 29, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Minneapolis Police Department was integral in leading Operation Guardian Angel, a statewide effort to combat sex trafficking that yielded 52 arrests over the last 12 months. Undercover officers posing as underage males and females placed electronic ads where suspects contacted them and arranged for sexual liaisons. When the suspects arrived at the location, they were placed under arrest.
“The sex trafficking of our youth goes much further than urban areas and negatively impacts us all,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said. “The success of this program is largely based on cooperation with our law enforcement partners both regionally and federally.”
Agencies that participated in Operation Guardian Angel include Homeland Security Investigations, Saint Paul Police, Roseville Police, Woodbury Police, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Anoka County Attorney’s Office, Hastings Police, Coon Rapids Police, Dakota County Attorney’s Office, Washington County Attorney’s Office, FBI, US Attorney’s Office, Duluth Police, and the Rochester Police Department.
Funding for this event was covered, in part, by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota who has also been a strong partner in law enforcement’s effort to stop sex trafficking.