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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
August 27, 2021
One Arrested During Sex Trafficking Operation

​Investigators with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)-led Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force conducted a sex trafficking operation over the past 24-hours as part of Operation United Front – a multi-state law enforcement operation targeting sex trafficking. The Minnesota portion of the operation took place in Anoka County.

Together with its partner agencies, the Task Force:

  • Arrested one sex trafficking suspect. Richard Payton, 47, of Bloomington was booked at the Anoka County Jail and released pending further investigation.

  • Recovered and provided services for eight trafficking victims.

  • Two people were questioned and released as part of the investigation.

The BCA was assisted in this effort by the Fridley, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Blaine, Buffalo, Woodbury, Leech Lake Tribal and Fond Du Lac police departments; the Hennepin, Anoka, Chisago and Washington County sheriff's offices; the East Metro Sex Trafficking Task Force; the Anoka Hennepin Drug Task Force; Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking (TRUST) and Homeland Security Investigations.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of being trafficked, call 911. To report a suspected trafficking situation, call the BCA at 877-996-6222 or email bca.tips@state.mn.us

Learn more about Operation United Front.​

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