Ten children were rescued and 100 suspects were arrested in the state as part of a nationwide operation targeting child sex trafficking.
The arrests and rescues are a result of the FBI-led operation, known as “Operation Cross County VII.”
More than 15 special agents with the Wis. Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and other local law enforcement officers participated in the operation.
The Wisconsin portion of the operation was conducted in the Milwaukee, Madison/Wisconsin Dells and Fox Valley areas.
“Children rescued as a result of these types of operations are often vulnerable and have been misled with promises of food, shelter and a future, and often times, love, only to be ensnared into a life of isolation, intimidation, violence and sex trafficking,” Wis. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is quoted in a release. “I’m extremely thankful to the FBI for its leadership and all of our outstanding local law enforcement partners because without their commitment and cooperation, we wouldn’t be able to hold suspected traffickers accountable and rescue their victims. We know child sex trafficking occurs in Wisconsin, and with newly added resources, we want those looking to prostitute children to know that their organized crime won’t be tolerated here.”
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