Brown County human trafficking sting results in 35 arrests

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

‘Buyer beware’: Brown County human trafficking sting results in 35 arrests

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has a message for people looking to purchase sex in our area: “Buyer beware.”

That’s what Chief Deputy Todd Delain said Thursday during a news conference on a recent human trafficking sting in the county.

Thirty-five men were taken into custody over the course of a 4-day operation, between Monday, July 17, and Thursday, July 20.

In total 1,020 sex buyers also known as “Johns” were arrested.

In addition, 75 adult and six juvenile victims were recovered.

The arrests were made in conjunction with the Green Bay Police Department, De Pere Police Department, Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department, Brown County Drug Task Force, Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities say the operation was in support of the National Johns Suppression Initiative which started in Cook County Illinois in 2011.

The national operation happened between June 28 and July 31 involving 37 law enforcement agencies across 17 states.

Chief Deputy Delain says the goal is to target sex buyers and direct victims to resources in the community.

-Unexplained absence from school

-Talks of wild parties and sexual behavior

-Displays of expensive clothing and jewelry

-Inappropriate dress

-Significantly older boyfriends or girlfriends

-Withdrawn, depression and distraction

-Signs of abuse, such as burn marks, cuts, bruises, or new tattoos (signs of branding)