Ricky Arlen Turner, 28, was charged Thursday with two counts each of sex trafficking of an individual and promoting prostitution of an individual. Turner is currently in the Washington County jail under similar charges for a multi-state prostitution ring, with solicitation through websites like Back. Officers seized computers, ledgers and documents outlining their business, which at one point was even a registered corporation in Minnesota.
Detectives traced a phone on Back to year-old Brittany Harenza, identifying her trafficker as Ricky Turner Jr. The criminal complaint against Turner outlines the months-long law enforcement investigation into what they believe is a multi-state enterprise, featuring conspicuous social media posts and up to 35 women in 14 states, including Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Utah, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas and Florida.
Minnetonka police, in conjunction with other law enforcement, also found two other women who worked for Turner.
One of them said Turner and Harenza approached her at a bus stop in November and told her how she could make money as a prostitute. Turner allegedly forced the woman to live at the Lake Minnetonka home and would beat her if she tried to leave. He also allegedly took her to another state and forced her to work there.
Turner was ly charged with four counts, including aiding and abetting a racketeering enterprise, concealing criminal proceeds, sex trafficking of minors and promoting prostitution. He has a long rap sheet full of armed robberies, and a few years ago he was one of people arrested nationwide in a massive FBI sweep that focused on pimps—but from what Fox 9 investigators have been told, he was never charged with a crime in that case.