Wednesday, July 28, 2004

My old hometown continues to make itself known throughout the state. It's usually tales of SPAM, idiotic robbers or prostitution. Today's news comes from the latter of the three categories...

Eleven arrested in alleged Austin prostitution ring

Updated: 07/28/2004 11:43:22 AM

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) - Austin police have arrested eleven people in connection with an alleged prostitution ring.

Authorities say a 14-year-old girl was being prostituted by a relative.

Investigators say the teenager was prostituting herself in return for cellphone minutes and money.

Police arrested the relative - a 23-year-old woman - this morning. Ten men were earlier arrested. Authorities say all the man were illegal immigrants with multiple forms of identification.

Police say other "johns" may have left the area when word of the arrests got out.