Brown County, MN

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Brown County is located in southern Minnesota, roughly 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis, and has a population of about 26,000 residents. At least one reverse sting has occurred in the county. In September 2017, eight men were arrested in a reverse sting focusing on those seeking to buy access to sexually abuse minors. The operation was conducted by the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, whose  undercover investigators acted as 16-year-old girls offering to trade sex for money or drugs. The men were charged with agreeing to hire a person under 18 for prostitution. A criminal complaint alleged they responded to an advertisement law enforcement posted on and arrived at an undercover location at a residence in Brown County. The identities of the men were publicly released.

Key Partners

  • Brown County Sheriff’s Department
  • Brown County District Court
  • New Ulm Police
  • Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mankato Department of Public Safety
State Minnesota
Type County
Population 25819
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