June 23, 2017 12:15 PM
A man who was arrested at a Lake Minnetonka home May was charged with two counts of sex trafficking for a prostitution operation involving at least 35 women.
Ricky Arlen Turner, 28 of Brooklyn Center, was charged in Hennepin County Thursday.
"Trafficking young women into the sex trade is reprehensible," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. "County attorneys around the state are working harder to prosecute them. In the case of Mr. Turner, we are cooperating with the Washington County Attorney, who also has brought charges against him."
Those Washington County charges include aiding and abetting a racketeering enterprise, aiding and abetting to engage in business of concealing criminal proceeds, engaging in sex trafficking of individuals under 18 years old and promoting prostitution of an individual.
Turner, a self-proclaimed "pimp," according to his Facebook page, was arrested along with his "wife," 25-year-old Brittany Marie Harenza in May.
Authorities investigated for months and found a multi-state enterprise, which sometimes involved underage girls.
In January 2017, investigators found more than 1,600 commercial sex advertisements associated with a phone number belonging to Harenza. The advertisements had more than 35 different female advertisements connected to the account.
The posts for "in call" and "out call" services were listed in 14 different states, and the criminal complaint states it appears the enterprise potentially went on for years.
Police tracked down the IP address, which was connected to a Lake Minnetonka home on the 2800 block of McKenzie Point.
By February, investigators determined the two were business partners operating under the name, "Finnesse the World and Co., LLC."
Authorities also found Facebook pages run by both Turner and Harenza that appeared to promote prostitution.
Authorities set up a sting operation and arrested Harenza, when she met an undercover detective for an appointment on Tuesday, May 16.
Meanwhile, a search warrant was executed on the Wayzata home the couple rented, and Turner was found with two high school females aged 17 and 18. One girl said she met Turner at the Wayzata Chipotle, and he called himself a "pimp," asking the girls to work for him.
Authorities interviewed two women who worked for Turner. One woman said the couple approached her at a bus stop and told her she could make money as a prostitute.
According to the criminal complaint, Turner forced the woman to live in the Wayzata home and beat her if she tried to leave. She also told authorities Turner forced her to work in other states.
In four months, she said she earned more than $100,000 but forcibly had to turn over the money.
Turner is currently in Washington County jail. He has a criminal history in Minnesota, including multiple aggravated robbery convictions in 2007 in Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka and Sherburne counties, as well as possession and selling and possession of marijuana.
It is unclear at this time if more charges are possible, but authorities continue to investigate.
Harenza has not been charged in Hennepin County, but she is charged in Washington County with aiding and abetting a racketeering enterprise and aiding and abetting to engage in business of concealing criminal proceeds.
Updated: June 23, 2017 12:15 PM
Created: June 23, 2017 11:47 AM
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