A 35-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with multiple sex crimes against children for allegedly using child prostitutes to lure men to hotels so that he could rob them. He is charged in federal court with sex trafficking of a minor and faces 11 counts in state court for first-degree assault of a child under the age of 12.
According to court documents, an investigation into the man's alleged activities began back in November after a police informant told officials that he had reportedly been instructed by the man to escort a client to a hotel located on the south side of Milwaukee. He also stated that the man told him that he would bring one of his prostitutes to the hotel and then planned to rob the man.
After further investigation, the man was arrested on Jan. 30, when he arrived at the hotel with a 17-year-old girl. During a subsequent police interview, two girls that allegedly worked for the man as prostitutes told officials that he only "pimped" out young girls between 15 and 16 years of age. One girl reportedly told police that he had regularly beaten her, while the other stated that she worked as a prostitute for the man several days a week at a rooming house and would then turn in the money she made to him.
Both the U.S. Attorney's office and the Milwaukee County district attorney's office will be prosecuting independently in both federal and state court regarding this case.
Sex crimes against children are considered a serious offense and could result in a lengthy prison sentence. An experienced Milwaukee attorney may be able to assist in reducing charges and could work to ensure that the defendant is treated fairly during the legal process.
Source: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man accused of using prostitutes to rob customers" John Diedrich, Mar. 05, 2014