Hartford Man Indicted On Sex Trafficking Charges

(Hartford) A Hartford man has been indicted by the federal government on three sex trafficking-related offenses that are allegedly connected to two Dodge County strip clubs. Earlier this week, a grand jury returned a three-count federal indictment against Christopher Childs.

Count one alleges that beginning before 2009 and continuing through his arrest on March 29, 2018, Childs conspired with others to use force, fraud, and coercion to cause victims to engage in commercial sex acts. Counts two and three allege that Childs used force, fraud, and coercion to cause the victims to engage in commercial sex acts.

Four women were allegedly forced to dance at the strip clubs for no pay and perform sexual acts for money that went entirely to Childs. The 45-year-old reportedly controlled the victims phone usage, told them what they could eat, took all of the money the victims made and would violently beat them if they failed to comply. The complaint states that the prostitution occurred, among other places, inside the TNT Gentlemen’s Club in Lebanon and the Hardware Store in Clyman.

In a press release issued Thursday, the United States Attorney’s Office said that it is dedicated to working with federal, state, and local partners to prosecute these offenses vigorously and seek justice for the victims of human trafficking. The victims in this case were commended for speaking out and helping to ensure that additional women do not become victims of violent sex trafficking by the defendant.

If convicted of any of the counts, Childs faces up to life in prison. If convicted of counts two or three, Childs would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and up to a life term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Childs also faces a fine of up to $250-thousand dollars per count.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the Hartford Police Department, the Racine Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation.