Top Cops: It takes a village - DCI, Madison PD, FBI, Sauk County Sheriffs, Wisconsin Dells PD
When a federal grand jury recently returned an indictment against a sex trafficking suspect, it was the culmination of an investigation by the Madison Police Department; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Sauk County Sheriff’s Department; and Wisconsin Dells Police Department.
To combat the scourge of sex trafficking, it takes law enforcement agencies working together and sharing information. Human Trafficking exists in small and large cities, towns and villages, both urban and suburban - places that might not be top of mind. It exists where there is demand.
In this case, Maurice Adonis Withers, 26, of Lodi, Wis., is charged with two counts of sex trafficking, two counts of sex trafficking a minor, and one count of attempted sex trafficking, knowing that force would be used to cause the trafficked individuals to engage in a commercial sex act. The indictment alleges that he committed these sex trafficking crimes between February and August 2015. The indictment also alleges that in April 2015, Withers transported a minor from Wisconsin to Nevada with the intent that the minor engage in prostitution.
If convicted, Withers faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years to a maximum of life in prison on the sex trafficking counts, and a mandatory minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life for the sex trafficking of a minor and the transporting a minor for prostitution charges.
The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger.