Police in Fox Valley crack down on prostitution

CREATED Nov. 4, 2013

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GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) -- Police in northeastern Wisconsin are cracking down on prostitutes and their customers by being more aggressive about referring the patrons for criminal charges.

 
A Post-Crescent Media report says police in the Fox Valley who get convictions recommend probation for the defendants.
 
As a condition of probation, patrons are sent to a daylong "john school" where they learn about human trafficking and the social impact prostitution has on a community. 
 
Prostitutes are ordered to attend therapy and are offered job training and counseling services.
 
Appleton Police Lt. Steve Elliott says the previous practice was to issue citations to the women and their customers, but that didn't do much to stem the practice. 
 
He says legal intervention might help people break out of the practices that keep them involved in that lifestyle.