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Teen girl, 2 adults arrested in Brown County human trafficking bust

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BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -

Three people--including a teenage girl--have been taken into custody following a human trafficking investigation in Brown County.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office says it received information that commercial sex trafficking and human sex trafficking were happening in the county.

During a two-day investigation, officers arrested an adult man, an adult woman, and a juvenile girl. The trio is from Milwaukee.

Jail records indicate the juvenile suspect is 15-years-old.

"The commercial sex trafficking is someone getting paid to perform, to pay some type of sex act, which is illegal and like prostitution," said Lt. Jim Valley, Brown County Sheriff's Office. "The human trafficking is someone else benefiting from a victim being sent out to perform these sex acts."

The suspects have been booked in the Brown County Jail. The Sheriff's Office is recommending Human Trafficking charges.

Valley says these charges are more severe than prostitution.

"When we deal with these types of crimes, they aren't just prostitution. We're dealing with victims of these crimes, individuals that don't want to actually do this but are being forced to do this by someone else," Valley says.

The case remains under investigation. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing names or additional details at this time.

Lt. Valley says these crimes lead to additional offenses in the community.

"These types of crimes also lead to other types of crimes, like robberies and different types of drug sales, etc, that are involved in it

The investigation took place July 11 and 12. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Green Bay Police, De Pere Police, and the county's Drug Task Force.

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Three people--including a young girl--have been taken into custody following a human trafficking investigation in Brown County.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office says it received information that commercial sex trafficking and human sex trafficking were happening in the county.

During a two-day investigation, officers arrested an adult man, an adult woman, and a juvenile girl.

The suspects have been booked in the Brown County Jail. The Sheriff's Office is recommending Human Trafficking charges.

The case remains under investigation. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing names or additional details at this time.

The investigation took place July 11 and 12. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Green Bay Police, De Pere Police, and the county's Drug Task Force.

"The Brown County Sheriff’s Office will continue to enforce Commercial Sex Trafficking and Human Trafficking in Brown County and will not tolerate this type of activity," reads a statement from Lt. Jim Valley.

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