Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking

Tyree Erik Jones Photo: Courtesy of Washington County
Tyree Erik Jones

July 14, 2017 01:14 PM

A 23-year-old Brooklyn Park man busted in an undercover sex trafficking investigation has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Tyree Erik Jones was involved in sex trafficking women in Woodbury and was caught in December of 2016.

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"This office will continue to go after sex traffickers until, hopefully, they realize that Washington County is no longer safe for them to do business here," Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said in a statement.

RELATED: Undercover Sex Trafficking Investigation in Woodbury Leads to Charges

The criminal complaint details the following events:

A Woodbury police officer found an advertisement online for a "2 girl special" listed on Backpage.com.

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 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 was dating a 32-year-old man. 

The woman said she is poor, but her boyfriend 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 her boyfriend was in debt. She said he would take "erotic pictures" of her, and Jones would post them online, according to the complaint.

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

During an investigation, the detective learned 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.

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