Fox Lake, WI

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Fox Lake, Wisconsin is a city of about 2,000 residents located in Dodge County. The area is known for being home to Fox Lake, a body of water that takes up approximately 2,700 acres. The lake attracts most of the city’s tourists and drives the local economy. The city is approximately 70 miles away from Milwaukee and 51 miles from Madison, the capital of Wisconsin.

Despite being a rural area, Fox Lake has had substantial problems with prostitution. In May 2020, a major operation was shut down when the owner and a manager of a Dodge County strip club were both indicted on prostitution related charges. According to reports, the owner of the club, who happened to be a Fox Lake local, was arrested with one of the club’s managers. Their arrests came after a major collaborative investigation done by the FBI, Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, and Wisconsin Department of Justice, among a plethora of other organizations. The prostitution ring came to a halt when a well-known pimp and patron of the club was arrested on charges of sex trafficking. From there, the organization began to unravel, and more witnesses came forward to speak on the apparent disregard of the managerial staff in relation to the prostitution and trafficking that was taking place within the club. Some reports suggested the club was set up in a way to promote and profit from solicitation.

In another relatively recent case, an older man was arrested and found guilty on one count of prostitution. The investigation was completed by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, yet initially did not start with a solicitation offense. Media outlets claimed that law enforcement got involved when the offender called them in to report stolen checks. However, when the detectives caught up to the supposed thief, they discovered that the checks in question were payments for sexual favors she had previously given the accused. From there, more of the offender’s female employees came forward with claims that he had been paying them for sexual intercourse. In both of these cases the names and ages of the offenders were made public in addition to very specific information detailing their crimes.

Key Partners

  • Dodge County Sheriff’s Office
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations
  • Racine Police Department
  • United States Department of Labor
  • Hartford Police Department
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice
  • Watertown Police Department
  • Milwaukee Police Department
  • United States Department of Homeland Security
State Wisconsin
Type City
Population 1585
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