Dozens arrested in sex predator sting in northern, eastern Wisconsin

Two dozen men were arrested in a two-month sex-trafficking sting in the state, the attorney general’s office said Thursday.

Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a news release that the stings in July and August focused on northern and eastern Wisconsin, and DCI agents arrested 25 people who officials said were believed to be seeking children for sexual purposes, or who were “johns” (men who solicit prostitutes). Some of those arrested were knowingly seeking 14- and 15-year old children for sexual purposes.

“The only reason human trafficking exists is because there is a demand for buying sex,” Schimel said in a news release. “Those creating the demand — the johns who buy victims and the pimps who are exploiting them — are not safe to exploit and coerce people in our state.”

Door County District Attorney Colleen C. Nordin said the arrests made in Door County emphasize the spread of the issue.

“The number of predators interested in sexual contact with minors is shocking and highlighted by the success of these types of operations,” Nordin said.

These operations were part of the National Johns Suppression Initiative, an operation across 17 states.

Many agencies aided in the arrests in Wisconsin, including:

Cottage Grove Police Department
Dane County Sheriff’s Office
Door County District Attorney
Door County Sheriff’s Office
Eagle River Police Department
Juneau County Sheriff’s Office
Kohler Police Department
Madison Police Department
Marshfield Police Department
McFarland Police Department
Monona Police Department
Rock County District Attorney
Sheboygan County District Attorney
Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office
Sheboygan Police Department
Sheboygan Falls Police Department
Sturgeon Bay Police Department
U.S. Marshals
Vilas County Sheriff’s Office
Wisconsin State Patrol

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office reports that nationwide, at least 1,020 sex buyers were arrested, 15 individuals face trafficking-related charges, and 81 individuals were recovered and offered services.