FBI: Law enforcement recovers 4 human trafficking victims in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — Law enforcement officials in portions of eastern Wisconsin recovered four human trafficking victims and arrested eight people for trafficking-related violations since early this month, the FBI’s Milwaukee field office said Wednesday.

The efforts, which involved law enforcement agencies in northeastern and southeastern Wisconsin, were part of a nationwide enforcement campaign called “Operation Cross Country,” the FBI said in a news release.

Across the country, law enforcement found 84 minors who were victims of child sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation offenses and found 37 missing children during a two-week period. They also found 141 adult human trafficking victims and identified or arrested 85 suspects.

“Human trafficking is among the most heinous crimes the FBI encounters,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in the release. “Unfortunately, such crimes—against both adults and children—are far more common than most people realize. As we did in this operation, the FBI and our partners will continue to find and arrest traffickers, identify and help victims, and raise awareness of the exploitation of our most vulnerable populations.”

Specific details about the Wisconsin cases were not provided.