2 people in police custody in possible human trafficking case | WTAQ News Discussion | 97.5 FM · 1360 AM

TOWN OF OAKFIELD, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) – Two people are in custody, including the victim’s mother, after a young girl allegedly escaped a child trafficking situation in Fond du Lac County.

Shortly before 12:15 a.m. Sunday, deputies from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the Town of Oakfield for a report of sexual assault.

Authorities say the caller reported a 12-year-old girl came to his door asking for help. She said she had just fled from a vehicle in the area “where an adult male had tied her up and blindfolded her and was attempting to assault her.”

“Bravely, she was able to fight back, free herself from the suspect and the vehicle, and ran to the house for help,” a news release states.

Detectives were called in to assist with the investigation. Authorities were able to determine the identity and location of the suspect and a plan to arrest him was developed.

Multiple agencies executed a search warrant Monday evening at a residence on Marquette Street in the Town of Fond du Lac. At that time, the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The suspect is a Nicaraguan aged 30 or 31. Because he has multiple aliases, his legal identity has not yet been confirmed. Officials tell the man:

…entered the United States illegally from Mexico to Texas in October 2021. At that time, he was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, processed at a federal facility and released from detention with instructions to follow in accordance with current federal immigration policy.
According to authorities, it appears that “the suspect paid the victim’s mother, whom he knew, in exchange for spending time alone with the victim.”

Detectives are still working to determine the immigration status of the victim’s mother. She was also arrested “for numerous crimes related to this incident.”

Both are being held at the Fond du Lac County Jail. Authorities say the investigation could lead to more arrests.

The victim and her siblings were all taken into protective custody by Fond du Lac County Social Services.

This investigation is complex and involves many serious potential crimes, including sexual assault of a child, false imprisonment, child trafficking, failure to protect a child, and more.

Further details about this case will not be released until the suspects are criminally charged, authorities said.