An FBI investigation revealed that two of the women were high school students and that their alleged ringleader was a year-old Eagan woman working out of a Burnsville motel. District Court with sex trafficking of minors, a federal offense. She was released from custody June 15, but a federal judge revoked her bond six days later for allegedly threatening a witness.
The case is the latest in the Twin Cities involving sex rings using the popular Internet site craigslist. Police in Minneapolis — like their counterparts from Seattle to Boston — have targeted brothels and sex workers who advertise on the site, which offers free postings and e-mail exchanges.
Authorities said Reisdorf used the adult listings on craigslist. In March, an Eagan detective and an FBI agent interviewed a high school student from the Eagan area who said Reisdorf had posted pictures of her on craigslist.
It was unclear whether the minors involved face charges. Reisdorf was in the process of moving out, according to the affidavit. Police served a subpoena on craigslist Inc. Another was traced to her family residence in Eagan, according to the affidavit. One of her craigslist.
Authorities have debated whether teen prostitution is on the rise, spurred by easy access to customers through anonymous Internet chat rooms, Web sites and phone services. The majority of juvenile prostitutes is still thought to be runaways, illegal immigrants and children from poor urban areas. The story focused on a Twin Cities girl from an affluent home who relished the fast cash and picked up men at the Mall of America.
Joy Friedman, a program manager with Breaking Free, a nonprofit support center for former sex workers in St. Paul, said the lifestyle takes a heavy toll on teens, who quickly lose touch with normal relationships and are easily swept into drug abuse. In May, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents partnered with local and federal law enforcement to raid brothels across the metro, including Minneapolis, West St. Paul and Richfield.
Many of the women were from Central America. Among the conditions of the bond was that she remain in a halfway house and follow its rules.
After allegedly threatening a witness, she was arrested again June 19 and ordered back into federal custody. She is being held at the Sherburne County jail.
A general manager at the Hampton Inn referred all questions to a corporate spokeswoman for the Hilton Hotels Corp. By Frederick Melo fmelo pioneerpress.
But this time, the participants are minors. Frederick Melo can be reached at fmelo pioneerpress.
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