Saint Paul, Minnesota has charged seventeen members of an international sex organization with transporting hundreds of females from Thailand, promising them a better life in America. Eleven of the seventeen were arrested in various locations across the nation yesterday including Minnesota, California, Illinois, Georgia, and Hawaii. One was also previously arrested in Belgium and four defendants remain at large. U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger of the District of Minnesota said “They promised women in Thailand a chance at the American dream, but instead exploited them, coerced them and forced them to live a nightmare.” He also said this was the ninth indictment case they have been involved in since 2014. According to the indictment the criminal organization trafficked at least hundreds of women since at least 2009. Ranging from Minnesota, Illinois, California, Georgia, Arizona and Texas. This investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS, Diplomatic Security Service, St. Paul Police Department, Anoka and Cook County Sheriff’s Office. All of those convicted were charged on more than one account.