Posted at 5:45 p.m. on August 9, 2017
The Brillion News
BELLEVUE – People who offer money for sex were targeted in a sting operation by the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, and in July, 35 people were arrested as “johns” seeking to get sex by paying for it.
It was part of a nationwide sting effort aimed at sex trafficking customers. That initiative produced over 1,000 arrests.
Brown County Chief Deputy Todd Delain issued this statement on Wednesday afternoon:
“The Brown County Sheriff’s Office 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 took 35 men into custody over the course of a four-day operation in multiple jurisdictions in Brown County. This operation was in support of the National Johns Suppression Initiative (NJSI) started by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (Illinois) in 2011. The Brown County operation occurred from Monday, July 17 to Thursday, July 20, 2017. The national operation occurred between June 28, 2017 and July 31, 2017 involving 37 Law Enforcements agencies across 17 states. In total, 1,020 sex buyers also known as “johns” were arrested with the additional recovery of 75 adult and 6 juvenile victims. A main goal of this national initiative is to reduce human trafficking by targeting sex buyers. Sex buyers contribute to a life filled with violence, mental illness and drug addiction for victims. The majority of sex trafficking victims do not want to be involved in the life they are living, which is why the Brown County Sheriff’s Office along with the other participating agencies in this operation are taking a proactive approach to combat human trafficking.
“The Brown County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens of Brown County as well as people who travel to Brown County that we will continue to participate in these human trafficking operations. If anyone believes that another person is being trafficked, please contact your local law enforcement agency.”