Woman charged with sex trafficking after missing teens found
The discovery of two missing teens has led to sex trafficking and prostitution charges against a woman from Minneapolis.
Prosecutors have charged 32-year-old Meranda Warborg with two felony counts of sex trafficking and two felony counts of solicitation and promotion of prostitution.
A criminal complaint says police received information that the two missing teens from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, aged 15 and 17, were engaged in prostitution in Minneapolis. Investigators traced a known cell phone number to a number of advertisements placed on Backpage.com., which featured the girls in lingerie posed in suggestive positions.
They later used GPS to track the phone to a home on the 2700 block of Oliver Avenue North, where they found the two missing teens and Warborg.
The teens told detectives that Warborg placed the ads on Backpage.com, gave them drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and ecstasy, and provided a bedroom where they performed sexual acts for money.
They also told police the defendant collected money from them for use of the bedroom.
Investigators say that when interviewed, Warborg corroborated the girls story.
Warborg is already facing charges of DWI and patronizing a prostitute in two seperate cases.