Man accused of trafficking women in nine states, including Wisconsin

Glenwood Brown, Jr. (Outagamie Co. Jail)

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WLUK) -- A Chicago man accused of human trafficking in nine states is sitting in the Outagamie County Jail tonight.

Investigators say they have evidence that 39-year-old Glenwood Brown was advertising sex with women for money across the country for years, including at least two women in our area.

Brown is scheduled to be in Outagamie County Court Thursday morning related to two felony charges of receiving compensation for human trafficking.

Out of a room at the Microtel Hotel in Grand Chute is where investigators say Brown benefited from two women exchanging sex for money.

A criminal complaint shows a special agent for the Department of Justice started investigating Brown in 2016. The agent learned details of Brown's operation from the two women, ages 26 and 30. Both admitted to being addicted to heroin, and one also said she had a meth problem.

One of the women estimated giving Brown $800 per night she worked, according to the criminal complaint. In exchange, Brown would give the women drugs.

The complaint does not indicate where the women are from.

The court documents show Brown put 225 ads on Backpage.com from October 2014 through August 2016. Federal agents shut down Backpage's site earlier this year. The ads were posted in nine states: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.

According to the criminal complaint, one of the women told investigators Brown was mentally manipulating. She says he would tell women he would leave them in the middle of nowhere if they did anything against him. She also said Brown would convince women to take the fall if they were ever arrested, and he would eventually bail them out.

So how would Brown find these women? The court documents show he would message them on Facebook and put ads on Craigslist.

One of the victims operating out of the Grand Chute hotel was recruited by the other woman working out of the hotel for Brown.

The criminal complaint does not detail any possible human trafficking activity after August 2016. FOX 11 tried asking the Department of Justice why it took two years to arrest Brown.. but our messages were not returned.

A criminal complaint was provided to FOX 11 on Wednesday, however we want to warn you the complaint includes vulgar language.

Here's more information on sex trafficking, and what you can do to help your community:


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