On Tuesday, June 19th at 2:45 p.m., one Mickey Albert Cupkie, 36, of Dogwood Drive in Elko, Minnesota, was charged with one felony count of Soliciting Child Sexual Conduct, (F-CSC) (36) under Minnesota Statutes. This is the first time a “John” has been charged under the new statute. [https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.321]
There is a new effort to fight human trafficking in Minnesota, and part of this initiative involves a law where child prostitutes under 16 do not face criminal charges. Jeff Bauer, public policy director of the Family Partnership has said that the new laws view these trafficked children not as delinquents, but as victims. [http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/22/law-protects-child-victims-of-sex-trafficking/]
In addition to the solicitation charge, Mickey Cupkie was also charged with four felony counts of engaging in prostitution with a minor, for having sex with two prostitutes, ages 15 and 17. Cupkie was arrested for these charges in Minneapolis, then transferred to Ramsey County Jail, Case Number 12083330.