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White Earth Police Dept, Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office and TRUST Task Force Coordinate Sex Trafficking Sting

07/01/2019, 5:00pm CDT
By Press Release from White Earth Reservation Business Committee

The operation lead to 3 arrests

WHITE EARTH, MINN.The White Earth Police Department and Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office assisted the TRUST (Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking) Task Force in an undercover sex trafficking operation that led to three arrests on Friday, June 28 in Mahnomen, Minn.

According to the TRUST Task Force, during the operation, sex buyers communicated on several social media platforms with undercover agents and investigators who posed as sex trafficking victims.

Investigators arrested the suspects as they arrived at an arranged meeting place for an encounter.

The sex trafficking operation provided an excellent opportunity for multiple jurisdictions to collaborate together in an effort to combat sex trafficking in the area.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of being trafficked, call 911.

Cited were:

Steven Bergren, 46, of Lake Park, Minn.

Shane Lehn, 35, of Rothsay, Minn.

Michael Skjerven, 59, of Thief River Falls, Minn.

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