Sex Trafficking Bust At Sturgis
Sadly, the Coronavirus pandemic that is rocking the world might not even be the worst thing that is going on in 2020. I think it is safe to say that we have a sex crime problem (read stats here and here). And it is happening all around us. Did you read about what happened at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, only a couple-hundred miles away from Bismarck?
While most were at Sturgis for a fun and wild time, a few grown men were arrested for child sex crimes during the rally. The men range in age from 20-years-old to 60-years-old. And their potential victims (actually undercover agents) ranged in age from 13-years-old to 15-years-old. The men arrested were KNOWINGLY planning to meet-up with and pay to have sex girls who were that young.
According to Argus Leader, a news paper out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, "Eight men have been charged with sex crimes after a sting operation during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally." The report says that, between August 7, 2020 and August 13, 2020, a sex trafficking operation was done by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the US Homeland Security investigations. Get all the information on what each man was charged with from Argus Leader here.
It is incredible that there are people working hard to take down sex criminals. Thank goodness these men were not talking to actual young girls. But I am sure that (at least for some of the perpetrators) have done this before, and they would do it again if they had the chance.
What do you think needs to be done to fight sex crimes?