Badger State Infamy: Wisconsin's Early Sex Trade

6 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2017

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Bonnie J. Shucha

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: October 2017


This article describes the early sex trade in northern Wisconsin. Alarmed by numerous newspaper reports of sex trafficking, concerned citizens pressed the governor, state legislators, and law enforcement officials to rein in the booming sex trade. Results were mixed, but the efforts in Wisconsin were only the first of many to protect vulnerable adults and children from human trafficking, attempts that continue to the present day.

Keywords: Sex Trafficking, White Slavery, Prostitution, Wisconsin

Suggested Citation

Shucha, Bonnie J., Badger State Infamy: Wisconsin's Early Sex Trade (October 2017). Wisconsin Lawyer, 22-26, Oct. 2017.; Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1434. Available at SSRN:

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