Rochester police investigating human trafficking at hotel

A 47-year-old Asian woman is being treated as a victim of a sex crime after being found at a Rochester hotel Monday.

Posted: Nov 21, 2017 10:47 AM
Updated: Nov 21, 2017 7:06 PM

Rochester, Minn. – A 47-year-old Asian woman is being treated as a victim of a sex crime after being found at a Rochester hotel Monday.
According to Rochester police, the woman, who spoke no English, was included in a backpage.com ad and it was investigated as part of prostitution/human trafficking.
Investigators have learned the woman was forced to travel around the country and respond to these kinds of ads. They said she only has a one-way phone and is being controlled by a group that originates in China. They instruct the woman where to go, and they said she has traveled all over the United States.
Rochester police say they will be putting the woman in contact with services to help her.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 79°
Albert Lea
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 75°
Austin
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 79°
Charles City
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 80°
Rochester
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 76°
Tracking a much needed summer warm-up!
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Tracking Sunny Skies and Warming Temps

${article.thumbnail.title}

StormTeam 3: Summer heat returns Tuesday and will stick around

Image

Mayo's Gabe Madsen offered scholarship by Iowa

Image

North Grand building sells for $1

Image

What's next for the North Precinct?

Image

Central Springs' Nelson honored for 400th win

Image

Firefighters lifesaving awards

Image

Accidental cell phone calls to 911

Image

What do we do about the skyways?

Image

PTSD Awareness Month

Community Events