Seven men have been arrested in the North side of Menominee County and are lodged in the Menominee County Jail as part of a joint operation aimed at reducing sex trafficking crimes.
Their names are being withheld pending arrangements.
First reported from upmatters.com, seven men met with an undercover detective, who posed as a prostitute, and they all paid their services.
While the investigation was going on, 32 other individuals have reached out via website advertisements.
All seven men were arrested with charges pending towards prostitution/engaging in services and using computers or internet to commit a crime.
Along with responding to the requests of reducing more crimes of trafficking, the operation’s purpose was also to identify more victims related to the crimes from intelligence and evidence, from people who responded from those online ads.
The individuals arrested all had no knowledge that they were paying for sex towards trafficking victims or an undercover detective.
This operation was a mutual exploit that featured in alliance with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET), the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Division of Drug Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Hannahville Tribal Police Department, Michigan State Police Homeland Security Team, and the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit.
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