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8 arrested on prostitution charges in Brown County

6:38 PM, Jun. 14, 2013  |  Comments
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Prostitution sting successful

Add eight to the number of people in Brown County recently arrested on prostitution-related charges.

The sheriff's department this week conducted its second sting operation in two months, this time netting seven women and one man. The man and five women are from the Green Bay area, two women are from Chippewa Falls. Ages range from 16 to 40. They were picked up on Wednesday in Howard.

They were arrested on charges including prostitution or party to the crime of prostitution, failure to obtain escort registration and/or license and warrants. The fines associated with the charges are in excess of $60,000, the sheriff's department said.

A similar sting last month netted 21 arrests, including 17 women and four men ranging in age from 18 to 50.

The sheriff's department is being mum on how the sting operation works. Lt. Scott Semb said both sting operations happened in Howard, not because the village is a hotbed for prostitution but because the village and the county deputies assigned under contract to cover the village "have decided to be proactive on this."

All of those arrested in both sting operations are from outside the village, Semb said.

"The two we did were just the sheriff's office working with our Howard-Suamico officers," Semb said. "This is not going to stop; we'll go all over, because it's a problem."

Prostitution has been on the rise all along the Fox River Valley, and several large sting operations in the Appleton area have led to dozens of arrests.

Investigators believe the crime is on the rise as people try to support drug addictions.

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