Fox Valley officers arrest 16 for prostitution during nationwide operation

Photo: FBI
Photo: FBI

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Twelve men and four women are facing charges of Prostitution in Outagamie County following a nationwide crackdown on sex trafficking.

The arrests are part of Operation Cross Country X, the same nationwide sting that resulted in 15 arrests in Brown County.

Appleton Police say the men range in age from 19 to 54. Several are from the Appleton area, while others traveled from other parts of the state.

The women are in their early 20s. Three are from the Milwaukee area, and one is from the Appleton area.

Dozens of agencies in Wisconsin took part in Cross Country X. In total, 11 juveniles between the ages of 13-17 were recovered during the operation.

The FBI says Wisconsin recovered more juveniles than any other location taking part in the operation.

Three suspects arrested in Brown County have gone before a judge on charges of Trafficking and Child Enticement. Each suspect is accused of trying to meet an underage victim for sex.

Two people arrested in Brown County were taken into custody for warrants and unrelated charges and received municipal citations for patronizing a prostitute. Ten of the Brown County suspects were released and received citations related to patronizing a prostitute.

The FBI says a total of 239 accused child sex traffickers taken into custody during Operation Cross Country X between Oct. 13-16. During the nationwide sting, 82 children were rescued from situations of child sex trafficking. The youngest victim rescued in the United States is 13 years old.