BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Over a dozen arrests have been made in Wisconsin following a nationwide sex trafficking operation to find people involved in sex trafficking of adults and minors.
Authorities involved in the sting included the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Green Bay Police Department, Ashwaubenon Public Safety, De Pere Police Department and FBI-Milwaukee.
According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, there were a total of 15 arrests made during the operation. The charges for those arrested during the week of October 10th include: Trafficking a Child, Child Enticement, Prostitution, Possession of Methamphetamine and Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime.
Action 2 News was in court Friday when two Brown County suspects arrested in this operation made their appearance in court.
One was of those suspects was Phillip LaBlanc, 55, who allegedly wanted to meet a 16-year-old for sex. He is being held on a $7500.00 cash bond. He’s facing the following charges: Trafficking of a Child and Child Enticement-Prostitution
The second suspect Action 2 News caught in court was Frank Woyak, 58, who is facing two charges including Trafficking of a Child and Child Enticement-Prostitution. Authorities say Woyak wanted to meet a 16-year-old girl for sex for money ($150). Woyak is also being held on a $7500.00 cash bond.
LaBlanc and Woyak was busted by the same undercover officer posing as an escort on backpage.com.
Both men asked the undercover officer for services, agreeing to pay, to which the officer responded by saying they were unavailable but her 16-year-old sister was. Both men agreed to meet with the 16-year-old and were arrested when they showed up.
Court documents show LaBlanc reportedly told officers he had never done anything like this before.
Court documents also show Woyak admitted to having requested “deep kissing” from the 16-year-old. When police asked Woyak if “deep kissing” was all he wanted, he allegedly replied “no, no, sex too.”
Both LaBlanc and Woyak will be back in court on October 28th.
Action 2 News was in court Monday when Ryan Fish, 38, was issued a $20,000 cash bond for allegedly wanting to meet with a 15-year-old boy for sex.
Court documents show Fish was chatting with who he thought was a 15-year-old boy on the social media app Grindr. On the other end was an undercover officer. The two exchanged sexually explicit words and agreed to meet. When Fish showed up, he was taken into Custody.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office said it, along with the above mentioned agencies, will continue to work together to protect our children and residents of Brown County from individuals involved in Child Sex Trafficking.
Authorities did not release the names of the others who were arrested.
The Brown County Sheriff’s Office did not wish to comment on this story, however announced Monday they plan to hold a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss the operation.