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Woodbury police: Sex trafficking claim unfounded

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.

According to a Woodbury police report, the investigation was launched while following up on a 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. 

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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