New Ulm juvenile prostitution sting leads to eight arrests

An underage prostitution sting near New Ulm, Minn., this weekend landed eight men in the Brown County jail, according to the sheriff's department.

Two men--Shane Madsen, 20, and James Wallace, 39--were taken into custody Friday, with the other six--Franklin Solares, 24; Lawrence Depyper, 70; Jordan Brown, 26;  Joshua Lippert, 38; Pedro Mayoral-Gomez, 36;  Paul Lund Jr, 46--arrested Saturday in what police are calling a "double tap" operation.

Authorities found the suspects by posing as underage children on sites like and Craigslist, a technique commonly used in the last few years, officials said.

The operation is a part of a greater campaign called "Minnesota girls are not for sale,” funded by government grants and other nonprofit organizations.