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Woodbury police: Sex trafficking claim unfounded

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Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

Woodbury police issued a statement Tuesday clarifying a July incident first investigated as sex trafficking at a local motel.

Investigation revealed the incident likely was not an actual case of sex trafficking, which conflicted with an initial report given by a woman July 29 at the Red Roof Inn.

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According to a Woodbury police report, the investigation was launched while following up on a Backpage.com listing involving possible prostitution. The initial police report listed claims that sex trafficking originating in New York was occurring at the Red Roof Inn.

As police attempted to sort out the case, they determined the complainant, a 54-year-old woman, was willingly engaging in prostitution, according to a Woodbury Public Safety Department statement.

“At this point there are no identified victims,” the statement reads. “All involved in this incident were found to be adults and willing participants.”

The initial report lists the 54-year-old woman as the only person arrested.

The woman’s lack of cooperation with officers effectively closed the investigation, according to police. 

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