Posted at: 12/07/2012 2:14 PM
Updated at: 12/08/2012 8:20 PM
On Thursday, members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Duluth Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted an undercover operation targeting suspects who are using the website Backpage.com to advertise prostitution services.
Suspects involved in this activity commonly post ads under the “Escorts” section of the website.
The Duluth Police Department and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force have received numerous complaints from the public about illegal prostitution activities occurring on Backpage.com.
Three women were arrested in connection with this operation and charged with Prostitution in a Public Place, a gross misdemeanor offense in Minnesota.
The three women all had ads posted on Backpage.com advertising prostitution services. All three women were booked into the St. Louis County Jail and have been released pending further investigation.
After responding to ads on Backpage.com, two men who were seeking prostitution services were also arrested. They were formally charged in St. Louis County district court with Solicitation of Prostitution in a Public Place.