Trafficking Victims Rescued in Wisconsin

submitted by Monica Schultz

Four victims of human trafficking were rescued in Wisconsin in August as part of the FBI’s Operation Cross Country, according to the agency’s Milwaukee field office. Eight people were also arrested in Wisconsin.

The operation spanned the country for 2 weeks and began in Wisconsin on August 4. Altogether across the U.S., the operation located 141 adult trafficking victims, 84 minors who were victims of child sex trafficking and exploitation, plus 37 actively missing children, authorities said.

The rescues and arrests in Wisconsin came with cooperation from police in Burlington, Caledonia, Glendale, Grand Chute, Milwaukee, Mount Pleasant, Oak Creek, Oshkosh, Racine, Sturtevant and beyond. Sheriff’s deputies from Milwaukee, Racine and Sheboygan also assisted.

The average age of the people rescued was 15.5, with the youngest just 11 years old, according to the FBI.