7 arrested in A.L. sex trafficking sting
Published 2:08 pm Thursday, May 19, 2016
Seven people were arrested in Albert Lea last Friday for solicitation of prostitution in a joint effort by three law enforcement agencies.
The Albert Lea Police Department and Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office arrested the following people for solicitation of prostitution:
Timothy Allen Hellman, 52, of Albert Lea
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Jorge Sanchez-Ramirez, 35, of Austin
Sharnaye Latrice Scroggins, 25, of Austin
Nikita Marie Finley, 26, of Claremont
Gregory Russell Bass, 55, of Mason City
Cody William Embrock, 22, of Rochester
Uday Kumar Thakella, 27, of Rochester
The operation was conducted with help from the Plymouth Police Department. The operation was part of law enforcement’s efforts to combat human trafficking.
Albert Lea Police Department Detective Deb Flatness said advertisements were placed on a website. The men arrested reportedly responded to them and were arrested after making the agreement and making payment.
Officers responded to advertisements placed by Scroggins and Finley. The women reportedly came to Albert Lea and were arrested.
Flatness noted a vast majority of people involved in the sex trade are young women and children, adding oftentimes the victims are desperate and feel they have no other way to survive.
She said the operation was the sixth that has taken place in Albert Lea, noting it is part of a statewide effort to deter men from buying sex. They hope to warn the victims about the illegal activity and offer them information on how to get out of the sex trade.
She said this operation started in spring 2013, noting the Police Department plans to conduct the compliance checks in the future.
The following mugshots are listed in the above list’s order: