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Undercover Sex Trafficking Investigation in Woodbury Leads to Charges

Photo: Woodbury Public Safety/Facebook

December 21, 2016 12:50 PM

A Brooklyn Park man has been charged after police say he was involved in the sex trafficking of multiple women.

According to the criminal complaint, a Woodbury police officer was conducting a proactive sex trafficking investigation on Friday, Dec. 16, when he found an advertisement for a “2 girl special” listed on Backpage.com.

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The officer contacted the phone number listed and was instructed to go the Extended Stay in Woodbury for an hour of sexual services at the price of $300, according to the complaint.

The Woodbury officer also contacted a detective with the Washington County Human Trafficking Unit, who went to the hotel.

The detective was greeted by a 20-year-old woman who matched the description in one of the advertisements, and the detective identified himself as a law enforcement officer. He said another woman and man walked past him, and he suspected they were involved in trafficking the first woman, according to the complaint.

The first woman said the man was her boyfriend and identified him as 23-year-old Tyree Erik Jones of Brooklyn Park. She said he wasn’t involved in the prostitution and that she worked independently.

The detective then found another room that had been rented by Jones and spoke to another 18-year-old woman who said she is dating 32-year-old Deno Lamont Williams. The woman said she is poor but that Williams introduced her to Jones, who then told her about a “good way to make money,” according to the criminal complaint.

The woman said she agreed to have sex in exchange for money because she needed the money and knew that Williams was in debt. She said Williams would take “erotic pictures” of her and that Jones would post them online, according to the complaint.

The woman said the money all went to Jones and that she never received any of the money, although Jones would sometimes buy her items, like clothes.

During an investigation, the detective learned that there were more than 250 pages of other advertisements on Backpage.com connected to the original advertisement. The detective said he was able to identify at least eight other potential trafficking victims, according to the criminal complaint.

Jones was previously convicted of a felony for promoting the prostitution of a minor in Ramsey County.

In this case, Jones has been charged with two counts of aiding and abetting sex trafficking.

We are checking on charges for Williams.

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