ST. PAUL, Minn. - A man prosecutors say was the leader and mastermind of a widespread sex trafficking ring will serve what is the longest sentence of its kind in Minnesota history.
Rashad Ramon Ivy was sentenced Friday to 700 months in prison - 58 years - after being found guilty on four counts of engaging in second degree sex trafficking, three counts of solicitation, and one count of criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors say the 35-year-old Ivy recruited, enticed and prostituted at least seven victims to dozens of men across the Twin Cities.
The previous longest sentence for sex trafficking was 40-years.
“For too long, Rashad Ivy and his co-defendants evaded arrest and prosecution. Today, their criminal enterprise officially came to an end with this landmark sentence because of this community’s resolve to end sex trafficking by properly identifying and helping victims and holding traffickers accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. “Sex trafficking has always been about vulnerable women and girls being tricked, exploited and sold for sex by ruthless traffickers to complicit men in our community."