Lt. Matt Spence of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department said the cases weren’t directly related to human trafficking, but in a release Friday said the charges stemmed from an operation that targeted human trafficking.
The people charged were identified through websites used to buy sex, the release said, and operations like this one are conducted “to combat human sex trafficking in and around our community.”
According to the release, prostitutes “who are at higher risk of human trafficking, domestic violence, physical assaults, among many other life-changing and degrading outcomes” are connected to resources in the community during these kinds of operations. Spence said the prostitutes in this investigation were connected to resources to assist them.
The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations, Plymouth Police Department, Sheboygan Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office were all involved in the operation.
Spence said final charges are forthcoming from the district attorney’s office.
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