Fridley, 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

Fridley is a suburb of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and has a population of about 30,000. In recent years, cases of prostitution and sex trafficking have been reported in the area, often with ties to the nearby Twin Cities. In June 2014, for example, a Fridley man was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Fridley to Colorado to commit acts of prostitution.

In an effort to reduce underlying demand for prostitution that drives the local market, the Fridley Police Department has conducted at least two web stings targeted sex buyers. During one of the reversals, conducted in February 2013, the FPD arrested 19 male sex buyers. Officers posted a decoy advertisement on and set up an operation at a local hotel that cooperated in the sting. Six detectives conducted the operation– one female undercover officer posed as a decoy prostituted woman in a room monitored by video and audio surveillance, while other officers waited in an adjacent room until deals were struck, then they arrested the sex buyers and took them to jail. All of the suspects were booked at the Anoka County jail and released. Following the investigation, the FPD Chief of Police commented to the press that local prostitution is often accompanied by narcotics and can sometimes involve human trafficking, an area of particular interest for Fridley police. He reiterated that the department has had cases reach the federal level after determining a prostituted person in the city was in fact the victim of human trafficking.

At least one of the 19 men arrested in the 2013 operation agreed to a continuance for dismissal, meaning he would not be convicted as long as he payed $500 in court costs and completed a john school class offered by Breaking Free. The sex buyer’s identity was included in news reports.

In March 2018, 19 men were cited during a two-day prostitution sting in Fridley. The men were ticketed for soliciting sex from a prostituted person at a local hotel.

Key Partners

  • Fridley Police Department

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

John School, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Minnesota
Type City
Population 30313
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