Although law enforcement and court officials are intent on preventing and prosecuting all forms of sex crimes, some offenses may receive more attention than others, especially when a great number of victims is involved. National public awareness of sex trafficking is growing, and police have stepped up their efforts to stop the crime itself from spreading further.
Because sex trafficking typically involves women and girls being taken from state to state, suspects of this crime often face federal charges. That's true in the case of a Milwaukee man who was recently indicted on six charges of sex trafficking. The man, who has also been charged at the state level, is accused of transporting two women and three girls across Wisconsin state lines for the purposes of prostitution. According to Wisconsin charging documents, the man recruited the women and girls to perform sex acts after he advertised their services on the Web.
The females were forced to work as prostitutes in Milwaukee and other southeastern Wisconsin cities, as well in Chicago and Indianapolis, according to federal documents. A 20-year-old woman who has been described as the defendant's top prostitute has already been charged but was not indicted in the federal case.
The defendant in the federal case is one of a string of Milwaukee men accused and charged with federal sex trafficking recently. Those who engage in this crime are often motivated to work in multiple states not only because they can make more money and more easily control their female victims, but they may believe they are safer from getting caught by moving around. But local and federal law enforcement authorities are becoming more adept at investigating sex trafficking crimes, and as a result more suspects are winding up in court. In the end, the defendants' efforts to avoid detection may be resulting in more severe federal charges and penalties.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "U.S. indictment handed down in sex trafficking case," Oct. 13, 2012
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