Fridley, MN

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Fridley is a suburb of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and has a population of about 25,000. 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 commercial sex 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 johns. Officers posted a decoy advertisement on Backpage.com 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 johns 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 prostitute working in the city was in fact the victim of human trafficking.  In March, 2018, 19 men were cited during a two-day prostitution sting in Fridley. The men were ticketed for soliciting sex from a prostitute at a local hotel.

Key Partners

  • Fridley Police Department

Key Sources

 

State Minnesota
Type City
Population 27259
Location
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