Kenosha children followed by men in van amid sex trafficking concerns

Posted at 10:23 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 11:38:44-04

A community is on edge as police warn of men following women and children in Kenosha.

Last week, TODAY'S TMJ4 talked to a woman who believes she was the victim of a sex trafficking threat.  She was approached by a man at the beach in Kenosha.  Last month, there was an attempted abduction near a Buffalo Wild Wings.  Police continue to get more information about incidents like these.

"They came running in the house screaming," said Julie Nutile.

Tuesday around 9 p.m., Julie Nutile said a man walked up to the house on 47th Street staring at her 12-year-old daughter and three of her friends.

"He actually came on to the second level of my porch and stood here staring just staring at them scaring them," Nutile said.

Police said men are following women and kids and in some situations the strangers make odd or aggressive comments.  In most cases they don't get physical.

"Really scary to tell you the truth," said Bianca Moreno.

"I think it's a lot to do with trafficking, the human trafficking," said Felicia Swigert.

A Kenosha Unified School District Facebook post said a 7-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy were followed home from school Wednesday by two men in a van in the 5900 block of 50th Avenue.

A couple hours later police said someone in van repeatedly drove by two young girls in the 8000 block of 17th Avenue.  The van stayed there until a family member came outside.

People in yesterday's incidents reported seeing two Hispanic men in a white van with a ladder rack and ladder.  In one of the situations, the family reported the van had two front windows and rust along the tires. 

Many parents are scared.

"All I can do basically is try to keep my eye on them the best I can and try to corral them and keep them a little closer to me," said Jessica Hankinson.

Nutile knows her scare could have been worse if her daughter didn't know how to react.

"I'm thankful that they were aware of what was going on," Nutile said.

Police urge residents to be vigilant, aware of your surroundings and avoid isolated locations. Police remind neighbors to call police if they see something suspicious.