Police: Minneapolis sex trafficking sting during Final Four ensnares 58, rescues 28

A sting in the Twin Cities during the Final Four in Minneapolis resulted in the arrest of 58 people while rescuing 28 victims of sex trafficking, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced that 47 people were arrested on probable cause of felony solicitation of a minor or solicitation of prostitution under 16 years of age, and 11 people were booked on probable cause for sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution.

The sting took place from April 4-8.

Police: 28 victims saved from sex trafficking

Police claim to have rescued 28 victims of sex trafficking in the sting conducted cooperatively by 33 criminal justice agencies as part of the Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force.

“Sex trafficking, like people playing basketball, goes on all year long,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement. “But when major events come to our town, the criminals follow, and law enforcement and prosecutors have a chance to make a big impact.”

Officials said they lured suspects using chats with undercover agents posing as minors or sex buyers on social media platforms to an arranged meeting place where they were arrested.

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A fan waits outside U.S. Bank Stadium before a semifinal round game between Auburn and Virginia at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Virginia players celebrate after defeating Auburn 63-62 in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -Basketball fans walk to their seats before the semifinal games of the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 6. 2019. (John Autey / MediaNewsGroup / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo waits with his team before a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Texas Tech's Brandone Francis, left, and Davide Moretti ride on the back of the cart during a news conference for the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Minneapolis. Texas Tech will play Virginia on Monday for the national championship. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -Fans head into the stadium before the semifinal games of the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 6. 2019. (John Autey / MediaNewsGroup / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -Minnesota Gophers fan Tyson Soule, 3, left, from Lakeville, goes up for the dunk as his friend Ethan Schultz, 2, from Lakeville falls during the Final Four Fan Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, April 5, 2019. Their moms said that the boys' favorite team is Minnesota. Tyson said he likes the Gophers because 'the Gophers' band is there.' Ethan added 'and they make baskets from way downtown.' (Jean Pieri / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images
Student athletes perform the national anthem before the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament between Auburn and Virginia, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett watches from the bench during the second half against Auburn in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
FILE - In this April 6, 2019, file photo, Auburn's Anfernee McLemore (24) reacts on the floor as Virginia celebrate after defeating Auburn 63-62 in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, in Minneapolis. In the disputed finish, the discussion about whether Samir Doughty fouled Kyle Guy as Guy was shooting a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining turned out to be the simplest part of the debate. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl talks to his team during the first half against Virginia in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Virginia's De'Andre Hunter, left, and Ty Jerome (11) celebrate in front of Auburn guard Bryce Brown (2) at the end of a semifinal round game in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Auburn center Austin Wiley reacts at the end of a semifinal round game against Virginia in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
An Auburn fan reacts at the end of a semifinal round game against Virginia in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Auburn's Jared Harper (1) and Bryce Brown (2) ride a cart back to the locker room after the team's 63-62 loss to Virginia in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Virginia's Francesco Badocchi texts during a news conference in the locker room for the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Minneapolis. Virginia will play Texas Tech on Monday for the national championship. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -Michigan State fan Denise Deiterle photographs her son Tristan, 10, with the Final Four team logos on the Viking Longship before the semifinal games of the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 6. 2019. They are from from Ishpeming, Mich.(John Autey / MediaNewsGroup / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images
Texas Tech's Matt Mooney (13) battles for a loose ball against Michigan State's Cassius Winston (5) during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Michigan State fans react at the end of a semifinal round game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Members of Texas Tech basketball team pose for a picture during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Michigan State fans arrive at U.S. Bank Stadium before the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens lands on the scorers table while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds during the first half against Michigan State in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes watches during the first half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament between Texas Tech and Michigan State, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney reacts to fans after a semifinal round game against Michigan State in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Michigan State guard Brock Washington sits in the locker room after a semifinal round game against Texas Tech in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -At a B-ball beats area, girls touch a ball and a vibration shows on the screen during Final Four Fan Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center Friday, April 5, 2019. (Jean Pieri / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -Oliver Anderson pauses as he colors in a Final Four foam hand Friday, April 5, 2019 during Final Four Fan Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center. (Jean Pieri / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images
Michigan State's Gabe Brown reacts in the locker room after the team's 61-51 loss to Texas Tech in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Fans arrive at U.S. Bank Stadium before a semifinal round game between Auburn and Virginia at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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