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Human trafficking sting nets six arrests in Twin Ports area

SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - Six men have been arrested in a human trafficking sting operation in the Duluth-Superior region.

One suspect is from Wisconsin and the other 5 are from Minnesota.

51-year-old Ronald Provost of Foxboro is charged in Douglas County with felony counts of child enticement and causing teens to view sexual activity.

Authorities said Provost responded to a fake Internet ad placed by detectives, in which a 15-year-old girl offered sex for money. Police said he arranged to meet the youngster at a hotel in Superior, after he sent a sexually explicit photo.

Provost is free on a $1,000 cash bond, and a preliminary hearing in his case was scheduled for Wednesday.

The sting operation was run by Superior and Duluth police, along with Douglas County sheriff's deputies and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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