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OFFICE OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY ATTORNEY

PETER J. ORPUT COUNTY A TTORNEY

Press Release
Contact: Pete Orput FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone: 651-430-6115 DATE: March 8, 2017

Wisconsin Veterinarian Sentenced to Prison for Sex/Labor Trafficking

County Attorney Pete Orput today announced that Brian Lee Kersten, 61, of Pleasant Valley,
Wisconsin, was sentenced today in Washington County District Court. Kersten, a veterinarian
for many years, had entered guilty pleas in October, 2016, to a count of Engaging in the Sex
Trafficking of an Individual and a count of Aiding and Abetting Labor Trafficking.

Kersten was sentenced to 48 and 53 months in prison respectively. This case is the first labor
trafficking conviction and sentence in Minnesota state court. The case was prosecuted by
Imran Ali of the Major Crimes Unit of the Washington County Attorney’s office.

Ali stated, “Kersten was part of an international conspiracy to bring foreign nationals into
Minnesota for the purpose of prostituting them. We have to remember that these are NOT
victimless crimes. All these women being trafficked are indeed victims.”

Orput stated, “This case merely shows the depth and breadth of the sex trafficking occurring in
this state. We, as a concerned public, need to acknowledge this and persevere in doing all we
can to bring labor and sex traffickers to the justice they deserve.”

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(Criminal complaint follows)
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