Sting operation: Kenosha Police ticket 22 folks for soliciting intercourse for rent | Crime and Courts
“That’s why I wanted this,” Traxler said of the prosecution of the new regulation. “This is not only required by law, but of course, in my opinion, correct.”
Traxler said the old regulations also focused on outdated practices that focused on “DC houses” or “loitering for the purpose of prostitution” while most people soliciting sex online now do so.
Traxler said many other communities, including Pleasant Prairie, updated ordinances, noting, “I haven’t reinvented the wheel.” He said he contacted the city attorney who supported him and signed LaMacchia to sponsor the change.
“We have to get the sex traffickers off the streets, that’s a huge, huge problem right now,” LaMacchia said, saying he was worried, “These young children are just as vulnerable to what’s going on in the world” and that regulation was one way of counteracting this.
LaMacchia said his fellow councilors were “100 percent supportive”.
Traxler said the latest operation was the Kenosha Police’s second operation since the ordinance was approved. He said the most recent stab ran on June 29th and 30th. And while 22 people cited in two days seems like a lot, Traxler said it could have been a lot more. “I’ll say that while we hit 22, to be honest, hundreds of people contacted us (through the ad) to schedule times and dates,” he said.