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Two Enbridge Line 3 Workers Arrested in Human Trafficking Sting Operation in Northern Minnesota


Tribes say pipeline construction increases human trafficking. (Photo/Darren Thompson)

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Two men linked to Enbridge's construction of a new Line 3 were arrested over the weekend in a human trafficking sting operation. In total, six men were were arrested on Sunday, June 27, for various sex crimes in Bemidji, Minn., in a two-day sting operation led by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force (MNHITF) and the Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking (TRUST) Task Force.

Two of the arrested were confirmed by an Enbridge spokeswoman to Native News Online as employees of a sub-contractor working on Line 3.

With assistance from the Bemidji Police Department and the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, the sting operation lured the individuals through a paid advertisement on a sex advertisement website.


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