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Written by attorney Luke H. Neuville |

Charged with First-time Soliciting Prostitution in Stearns County

Police in the St. Cloud area, including Waite Park, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Sauk Center, are continuously investigating individuals soliciting prostitution. Often, police officers receive a tip of prostitution activity. At that point, law enforcement opens an investigation and follow all leads, including requesting arrest warrants for the alleged perpetrators if necessary.

Other times, police officers conduct undercover “sting” operations. Minnesota courts have routinely held that law enforcement officers may pose as undercover prostitutes in an effort to investigate and prosecute prostitution cases.

For example, in St. Cloud/Stearns County, a police officer conducting an undercover prostitution sting may post an advertisement on Backpages.com, Craigslist, Facebook, or other social media platforms posing as a prostitute or a minor prostitute. Internet websites and social media outlets are commonly used to advertise and solicit prostitution, and undercover police officers frequently locate and arrest suspects following online communication.

Generally, Minnesota courts have allowed police to mislead and even outright lie to individuals attempting to solicit a prostitute. Law enforcement has many powerful tools to investigate and prosecute prostitution in Minnesota.

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