Teen sex trafficking increasing rapidly in Milwaukee

CREATED Apr 2, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 2, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Teen sex trafficking is happening more and more in Milwaukee.

Police search warrants give the graphic details of how these young girls get trapped into this life.

But it appears in the past 10 years, sex trafficking has hit its peak in Milwaukee and investigators can't keep up.

A federal court on Friday sentenced Sean Patrick to 30 years for sex trafficking.  The Milwaukee man is accused of pimping local girls and forcing them into prostitution.

Ronald Gilbert, 24, is facing three felony counts -- trafficking of a child, second-degree sexual assault of a child and physical abuse of a child -- worth a combined 86 years in prison.  A police search warrant shows a 14-year-old girl claims Gilbert sold her for $100 and some stereo equipment to another man, Brandon A. Pratchet. 

Gilbert is accused of setting up appointments online.  That website is being called the worst sex trafficking site.

"What pimps can now do is they can travel all over the US and set up these appointments via the Internet with the girls they have trapped," said Carmen Pitre with Sojourner Family Peace Center, a non profit domestic violence agency has seen more victims of human trafficking recently.

Another trafficking case involves teenage victims who were bused from Milwaukee to Chicago and Wauwatosa.  Pitre says the cases are increasing, but the community needs to do more to protect these victims.

"There's a lot of recruiting going on and there's a lot of people looking for vulnerable kids that troubles me," said Pitre.