ROTHSCHILD - On the internet you can find everything from furniture to pets to illegal "adult services"... and it's all on the same website.
Police in the Wausau Area are cracking down on those peddling sex. Police in Rothschild found out just how easy it is to hire someone for sex. Last week officers made one arrest, but just ONE website is full of willing sex workers.
Undercover officers arrested Cosetta Burrell for theft and prostitution. She'd agreed over text message to provide sexual services for $200. She's just one of a long list of women in the Wausau area advertising online. Captain Jeremy Hunt with the Rothschild police, thinks he knows why.
"With the way the economy is and the drug problems in the local area people need to find money somehow and this is one way that people are finding money," said Hunt.
In 2011 four people were arrested in the Wausau area for prostitution through the same website. But not all the posters are actually breaking the law.
"In Marathon County there isn't anything set in place, right now, that says it's illegal to have an ‘escort service'," said Captain Hunt, "However if you go to backpage.com where the ads are posted it's very obvious on what type of activity is being involved in it."
Police caught Burrell when she inadvertently agreed to have sex with an undercover cop for money. Many of the postings on that website though, are for ‘companionship' and some even say, anything further that should happen is not part of the contract.
RHINELANDER - On Thursday night, two of three candidates made the case for why they should become Rhinelander's next mayor. A panel of media members, including Newswatch 12's own Ben Meyer, questioned the candidates for an hour, live on WXPR.
The two candidates at the forum argued between the power of a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience.
MADISON - The state Assembly has put the final stamp of approval on a plan to close Wisconsin's troubled youth prison.
The chamber passed an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan unanimously Thursday that calls for closing the prison outside Irma by 2021 and replacing it with smaller regional facilities. The measure now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.
HARSHAW - Rhinelander charter school students mixed in math with science, social studies, and reading projects on Thursday.
Northwoods Community Elementary School hosted parents to show off their work. Some classes did the math to plot out a vegetable garden. Others did research on Wisconsin counties and planned a weeklong trip there.
"I added decimals to count up all my rates for my bills, all the admissions to state parks, and renting," explained Oceana Patulski, who did a project on Door County.
MADISON - A new report shows Wisconsin's unemployment rate hit a record low in February.
The state Department of Workforce Development released data Thursday that shows the unemployment rate dipped to 2.9 percent in February, down 0.2 percent from January to mark a record low. The previous record was 3 percent unemployment in July 1999.
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