The Meskwaki Tribe owns and operates the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa. Photo: Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
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Meskwaki Tribe conducted undercover sex trafficking operation at Iowa casino



An undercover sex trafficking operation at the casino owned by the Meskwaki Tribe resulted in charges against two people, The Toledo Chronicle / Tama News-Herald reports.

The two men responded to ads placed online by tribal officers, the paper said. John Jordan Lundberg, 30, showed up to the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel last October after seeking sexual activity with a minor.

Lundberg has since been granted a deferred judgment in the case, the paper said. He will serve three years of probation and must register as a sex offender, the paper reported.

Timothy William Vance, 30, also was charged after responding to the ad. His case does not appear to have been resolved yet.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a hearing on Wednesday afternoon to look into human trafficking of Native Americans.

Read More on the Story:
Deferred judgment granted in sex case sting (The Toledo Chronicle / Tama News-Herald September 27, 2017)

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Oversight Hearing on "The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of Native Americans in the United States" (September 27, 2017)

Government Accountability Office Reports:
Action Needed to Identify the Number of Native American Victims Receiving Federally-funded Services (April 6, 2017)
Information on Cases in Indian Country or that Involved Native Americans (July 24, 2017)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report:
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Homicides of Adult Women and the Role of Intimate Partner Violence — United States, 2003–2014 (July 21, 2017)

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