DOJ: 5 arrested is sex trafficking sting in St. Croix County

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice says five people have been arrested and two victims have been recovered in a sex trafficking sting in St. Croix County.

Attorney General Brad Schimel said Friday the five arrested were involved in operations that targeted children for sexual purposes and so-called “johns” who wanted to pay for sex. Schimel says some of arrested were knowingly seeking 14- and 15-year-old children for sex.

Those arrested are facing possible charges of attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, requesting a nude image from a child, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement and soliciting a prostitute.

Local law enforcement agencies assisting in the investigation include Hudson, New Richmond and River Falls police and the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.

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