Brooklyn Park police busted a juvenile prostitution ring operating in the north metro with girls as young as 13.
Three men have been charged with sex trafficking and solicitation, and seven others were arrested. Police Inspector Todd Milburn said the ring was fairly sophisticated, using the Internet to promote the business.
The three men charged, Mikyboy Toe, 21, and Mark Davis, 26, both of Brooklyn Park, and Aloysius Tarley, 21, of Coon Rapids, knew one another, said Milburn. Toe was charged with sex trafficking, Tarley with promotion of prostitution and Davis with patronizing a prostitute under 18. All are felonies. Tarley remains in jail.
Police were tipped off to the ring when one of the girls went to police. She said she had been forced into prostitution, said Milburn. Investigators, with help from Brooklyn Center, spent several months on the case.
The girls ranged in age from 13 to 17. Their pimps often "groomed" them with gifts, said Milburn. Police worked with social service agencies to connect the girls with their parents and provide counseling.
According to the charges against the three men:
Police learned Toe was prostituting a 19-year-old woman on the Backpage.com website. She said she was already a prostitute when she met him. She said Toe agreed to work with her because she didn't have any money and didn't know anybody in the area. He received half the money she earned.
Tarley set up a date for one of the women with a man he said was his uncle. Davis paid Tarley $150 in exchange for sex. Tarley denied this happened.
"We will go after the johns, pimps and supplier," said Milburn. "We will continue to investigate."
David Chanen • 612-673-4465