Wisconsin Green Bay Prostitution Ring Leader Caught
Posted in the Phoenix Forum
#1 Jan 11, 2013
In his State address on Wednesday, the Wisconsin Governor pledged his support for important legislative measures to combat human trafficking in Wisconsin — a crime that does not often make headlines, but whose victims are in desperate need of our support and protection.
Take the case of “Maggie”, recently prosecuted by my office for sex trafficking (prostition). To show his ownership over this victim — a girl who’d been forced into prostitution starting at age 12 — CRASSUS- a notorious trafficker branded her body with a tattoo of his street name.
Crassus instituted a minimum quota of money that she had to earn through prostitution each night and required her to turn over every dime. He forced her to sign a contract that she would stay with him “until her death do us part.” If the victim didn’t follow his rules, he beat her. On one occasion he hit her stomach — while she was pregnant — with a steel cane. On another, he smashed her face on the stairs as he dragged her up several flights. The young victim finally decided that enough was enough. With great courage, she came forward with her story. Crassus is now facing serving up to nine years in prison.
While shocking, this type of experience is not uncommon among prostituted women. Their job is to make money for pimps, or else they suffer the horrific consequences of beatings, sexual abuse, exploitation and manipulation. In addition to physical abuse, many sex traffickers prevent their victims from leaving by taking their identification documents and threatening to harm their families.
Today, Friday is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day — and that’s not just another ceremonial designation. It’s a potentially lifesaving opportunity, because educating the public about this crime is a vital part of combatting it. One of the biggest reasons the crime is so tough to root out is that its victims — whether of sex or labor trafficking — are emotionally and economically dependent upon their abusers and therefore fearful of going to authorities.
Because of the realities of modern-day prostitution, my office, working closely with advocates and law enforcement partners, is taking a new approach to sex trafficking. Namely, where appropriate, we are treating the prostituted individuals in these trafficking rings as victims, not criminals. We work to put people `like Crassus behind bars and their victims onto paths toward safer lives.
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