Merton, 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

Merton is a town in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, with a population of about 8,600. The town is known to have prostitution issues, particularly that arranged via the internet, generating complaints to police.  There have also been documented prostitution-related assaults with dangerous weapons, and sex trafficking activity within Waukesha County.

Consumer level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. Demand reduction tactics used in the town include the arrest of sex buyers and disclosure of their identities. In 2018, a Merton man was charged with soliciting prostitution after he called police when women he had hired allegedly stole his phone, after meeting at the man’s home home for paid sex.  The man reported that three females had been at his residence and had stolen his cell phone and $400 in cash.  They had met on the website, “back page,” and arranged for a price of $400 for various sexual acts. The man admitted he had left four $100 bills on a desk as a “donation” for the women.  He noticed that his cell phone and the money were missing when one of the women went to the car to get a condom.  The women were later stopped after officers spotted their vehicle and the man’s phone was found in one of their purses.

Key Partners

  • Town of Merton Police Department
  • Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office
  • Waukesha Police Department

Key Sources

Sex Buyer Arrest, Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Background on Violence Occurring in Local Prostitution:

State Wisconsin
Type City
Population 8559
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