… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

 

Human trafficking is a growing crime in Racine County as evidenced by the recent recovery of two teenage girls and the number of suspects rounded up last summer in a multi-jurisdictional operation.

Residents can help law enforcement identify potential trafficking situations just by keeping a good lookout.

The two girls – ages 13 and 16 – are from the Milwaukee area, Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling told WTMJ 4 News, and he expects to have additional suspects in custody and victims rescued as investigations continue.

Schmaling and Racine police Officer Neal Lofy said Racine is considered an ideal location for trafficking because of the easy access to I-94 and its location between Chicago and Milwaukee, the story continues. They offered these tips to help spot additional trafficking victims, who are often walking in and out of restaurants and gas stations along the expressway.

  • Listen to conversations for clues the individuals aren’t related like in a parent-child relationship
  • The trafficker may have several cell phones and wear fancier clothing that don’t match the surroundings
  • Traffickers often flash a lot of cash
  • Traffickers can be a man or a woman so keep an open mind

“These are very disgusting individuals in my opinion, worthy of our best efforts. We commit a lot of resources to it,” Schmaling told the news station.

Teenage runaways are the easiest targets so timing is of the essence for recognizing possible trafficking situations, Lofy added.

“We know that a lot of runaways or missing people end up being sex trafficked. Some statistics say that within 48 hours, one of every three runaways will be lured into sex trafficking,” Lofy is quoted as saying.

To notify police about trafficking situations, residents can leave anonymous tips with Crime Stoppers by calling (262) 636-9330 or text RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D.‪#‎TIP417‬ with your text message.

County dispatch operators are also available by calling (262) 886-2300.

 

Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
CodeMonkey
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!


One reply on “Be Nosey; You Could Rescue Human Trafficking Victim”