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Trafficking Arrest

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A Minot man was arrested late last week after he was caught trying to line up a meeting with a 14-year-old girl for sex.

54-year-old Gaylen Paul Rufus not only lined up the meeting, but arrived at a scheduled meeting point on Friday night.

When he did arrive however, it was the Ward County Sheriff's Department waiting for him.

The Department's Internet Crimes Against Children wing had been posing as a 14 year old.

Ward County Captain Bob Barnard says this is the latest in a string of arrests over the last few years.

(Capt. Bob Barnard - Ward County Sheriff's Dept.) "It is a battle that we keep fighting and it is concerning that there seems to be no end to these individuals. So far the department the last few years has made 9 similar arrests, and I believe that we will continue to make them in the future."

Adding to Rufus' case -- he was trying to trade sex for drugs, which has led to more charges against the 54-year-old Minot man.

The most serious charge is that class double-A human trafficking charge however.

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