The Shawano Police Department recently completed a prostitution sting that involved luring suspects into Shawano, in hopes of stopping some human trafficking.
Four arrests were made in the operation, including a 50-year old De Pere man who had an active warrant.
A 37-year old Green bay woman and a 45-year old Green Bay woman were arrested for a probation violation and both were cited for prostitution.
A 30 year-old Green Bay woman and 31-year old Milwaukee woman were both cited for prostitution, and a 29-year old Milwaukee woman was cited for prostitution and arrested for possession of marijuana.
Shawano Interim Police Chief Dan Mauel said the incidents did not stem for a suspected incident to report, but was more online fishing.
“What our guys did was targets prostitution by luring prostitutes into the city and they ended up meeting up with our undercover officer,” he said.
Mauel said human trafficking is a problem, and the hopes was to make some arrests, but helping put a stop to prostitution is also a win.
“It was based on the fact that we know it is out there, and the fact that human trafficking is involved,” Mauel said. “We wanted to make sure to get the word out that we are looking and hopefully deter anyone in the future from doing this.”