The Star Tribune reported that a total of twenty-nine people, most of them from the Twin Cities, have been accused of running and operating an interstate sex-trafficking ring that crossed into both Tennesee and Ohio.
According to the BBC, the multi-state sex trafficking ring run by three Somalian gangs based in Minneapolis, has been in operation for 10 years.
The Somali Outlaws, the Somali Mafia, and the Lady Outlaws have found to be involved the recruitment of underage Somali and African-American girls for prostitution, the BBC reported.
According to MPR one member of the Somali-American community located in the Twin Cities, Abdulkadir Sharif, said that he had been approached in public and asked if he wanted to participate in the prostitution ring.
"I was very irritated, and at the same time, I was very shocked," Sharif told MPR.
John Morton, the director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the BBC that many of the girls taken advantage of were victimized repeatedly and transported to several different places for periods of several years.
"Human traffickers abuse innocent people, undermine our public safety and often use their illicit proceeds sophisticated criminal organizations," Morton told the BBC.