More than 20 arrested in human-trafficking sweep

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Federal and local investigators swept through the Twin Cities area Monday and arrested more than 20 suspects in connection to an extensive human trafficking investigation involving members of a Somali gang, sources confirmed.

The arrests appear to be focused in Minneapolis, Richfield, Brooklyn Park, St. Paul and several southern suburbs in an operation led by the U.S. attorney’s office in Nashville, Tenn. Indictments against nearly 30 suspects were expected to be unsealed later Monday. The U.S. attorney was expected to issue a statement regarding the case later Monday morning.

The case is connected to a Somali girl who, according to court documents, was forced to work as prostitute by members of a Somali gang. Sources say the investigation, however, goes beyond human trafficking.

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