Friday, November 9, 2007

MInnesota: US Atty Cracks Down on First of Sex Traffickers

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - A 36-year-old Minneapolis man on Monday became the first in what the U.S. attorney in Minnesota promises will be a long line of human traffickers to be sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Daniel McNeal, who has a history of sex trafficking and violent crimes, was charged in December 2006 with recruiting a 16-year-old Rogers girl into a life of prostitution and stripping jobs. On Monday, U.S. District Judge David Doty ordered McNeal to spend more than 24 years in federal prison, to be followed by a lifetime on supervised release.

That made McNeal the first casualty in U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose's year-old initiative to crack down on human trafficking. Lining up behind him are 32 defendants in four other cases.

The latest case involves two persons who were charged last week with running a marriage fraud ring to help Chinese nationals enter the United States illegally. And more cases are in the pipeline.

"We have a number of open investigations, which I'm not permitted to discuss," Paulose said. "I can't even discuss the number, unfortunately." ...


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