CREATED May. 14, 2013
HOWARD, Wis. -- A major prostitution bust in Brown County helps make a dent in what deputies say is a growing problem in Northeast Wisconsin..
Sixteen women and five men are facing various charges ranging from prostitution and failure to obtain an escort license to drug charges.
This following an undercover sting in Howard Last week.
The ages of the individuals ranged from 18 to 50. They say this prostitution sting could be the first of many with a growing problem in northeast wisconsin.
Throughout northeast Wisconsin Law enforcement have begun to crack down on prostitution. Starting in a small area in Brown County.
"We needed an area that we could draw the attention of the individual s we were looking at, the prostitutes, etc.," says Captain David Konrath with the Brown County Sheriff's Department.
The Brown County Sheriffs Department has arrested 21 people in the investigation. The fines with the charges is around one hundred thousand dollars.
Captain David Konrath says this is only the beginning of future investigations.
"It doesn't mean it's going to go away. It's not called the oldest profession for obvious reasons."
These events hit close to home for many people.
"That's right around the corner from me that's bad," says Maryann White of Green Bay.
Neighbors say they could hear a lot of noise and commotion going outside one of the homes late at night. So their not surprised by what's been going on.
"I've just seen like cars like late at night that was pretty much it."
"I wouldn't be surprised by what goes on around here though."
The Brown County Sheriffs Department has been working with other agencies as they plan to conduct future undercover operations in the future.
The sheriff's department is not releasing any specific details on the operation at this time.