Milwaukee Legislators Pledge Further Efforts to Combat Sex Trafficking
Press Release from State Representative LaTonya Johnson, State Representative Evan Goyke, and State Senator Nikiya Harris-Dodd.
“Today we applaud the hard work of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and Assistant District Attorney Sara Lewis for bringing justice in the Weatherall case. Holding traffickers accountable not only makes our streets safer, it also shows victims that help is available to those willing to reach out, and that justice can be done for those willing to testify against their abuser.”
Last week, a Milwaukee jury found Roy Kennard Weatherall, Jr., guilty on 14 counts of sex trafficking, sexual assault, child abuse, and witness intimidation. Mr. Weatherall, Jr. targeted vulnerable young women with promises of love and security, which quickly turned into threats and abuse if they did not perform commercial sex acts:
“This case illustrates the need for continued work on human trafficking in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. Together we pledge to address this issue in the upcoming legislative session and work to provide the resources necessary to protect all victims of human trafficking.”
The August 28, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the case may be found here: