Program In Hartford To Focus On Sex Trafficking

(Hartford) A program will be held Tuesday in Hartford to discuss the impact that sex-trafficking and prostitution is having on the community. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt and Washington County Sheriff’s Captain Martin Schulteis will be the featured speakers at the “Conversation About Human Trafficking.” On Thursday, a grand jury returned a three-count federal indictment against Christopher Childs of Hartford for sex trafficking-related offenses that are allegedly connected to two Dodge County strip clubs. 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. The sex-trafficking program will be held tomorrow at the Jack Russell Memorial Library at 100 Park Avenue in Hartford at 6:30pm.