In the past two years, there have been several federal child sex trafficking cases filed in Milwaukee. Sex crimes have been a concern for both federal and state law enforcement. Earlier in January, a man was convicted of multiple felonies that included sexual assault.
Then last week, another Wisconsin man received a 14 year prison sentence after being convicted of sex crimes. Being convicted of a sex crime can have lasting and severe consequences. Even simply being accused of one can potentially ruin a person's life by damaging their reputation.
The FBI and local police officers had been investigating the case regarding the man recently sentenced to prison. According to the report, the man had been acting as a pimp for over a decade. The particular incident that alerted enforcement to his acts involved an underage girl.
The man maintains that he did not know that the girl was underage; nevertheless the judge sentenced him to 14 years in federal prison, following the sentencing guidelines for his specific conviction.
In mid-2010, two men were sentenced to prison for child sex trafficking. The father and son duo apparently had a prostitution ring that spanned several states. In another case, a Milwaukee man was arrested for prostituting women.
Being convicted of any sex crime, as stated above, can impact a person's life. Not only will the person convicted be faced with penalties such as prison, they will also face consequences that will follow them for life. Some individuals convicted of sex crimes are also required to register as a sex offender. Not only will that affect their ability to find a job, forgetting to update the registry will also result in penalties.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel online, "Man gets 14 years for selling girl into sex," John Diedrich, 21 January 2011