6 Arrested in Wausau Prostitution Sting

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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The Wausau Police Department says six people were arrested in a weekend a prostitution sting.

Lt. Matthew Barnes says officers posted fake ads on www.backpage.com. He says they started getting responses within 10-minutes.

This is the second time since the start of 2014, Wausau police have used undercover officers to crack down on prostitution. Four people were arrested in a similar sting in January.

Barnes says their investigation shows men who solicit prostitutes are all ages and come from all incomes and occupations.

He says he disagrees with the notion that it's a victimless crime. He says many women who become prostitutes are doing so to feed a drug habit. Many also have pimps who physically abuse them if they don't bring in enough money.

Barnes also says on the other side, the men who hire prostitutes are having sex with women who've had sex with countless other men, then going home to unsuspecting wives and families.

Barnes will also not reveal the name of the motel involved in the sting, because they cooperated with the investigation.

The names of the suspects have not yet been released.

Jonah Tysver, 25

Keith Olejniczak, 35

Adam Kochan, 29

James Hisel, 41

Ethayaraja Shanmugasundaram, 35

Jeff Ryta, 48


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