Prostitution bust made at Dodge Co. strip club

September 21, 2018

Two people were arrested for on prostitution charges at a Clyman strip club Thursday afternoon.

According to a press release from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy conducted a routine bar check at The Hardware Store, 942 Main St., Clyman, at 4:57 p.m.

During the bar check, a 25-year-old Milwaukee woman employed by the club was found in a private lap dance room performing a sex act on a 64-year-old Columbus man. Sheriff Dale Schmidt said that investigation revealed there was an agreement made between the woman and the man that the sex act would occur in exchange for money.

The woman was arrested and booked into the jail on a charge of prostitution and the man was arrested and booked into the jail on a charge of patronizing prostitutes.

Since the case remains under investigation, the names of the two arrested were not released.

The Hardware Store owner was contacted and told he would need to close the business for the remainder of the day.

Strip clubs in Dodge County have come under heavy pressure after the indictment of Christopher Childs, 45, of Hartford, on federal charges of human trafficking. Childs is accused of torturing women and forcing them to engage in prostitution while keeping the money they earned for their work.

Prosecutors allege that he operated out of the TNT Club, in the town of Lebanon, and The Hardware Store.

Afterward, local politicians and religious figures began organizing to shut down the clubs. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, has led those in opposition to the establishments, portraying them as magnets for crime. Several public meetings were held, including one at a church in Clyman.

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