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Police: Oak Creek Man Charged in Child Trafficking Case

A 20-year-old Oak Creek man has been charged with child trafficking, with more felony charges expected.

An Oak Creek resident is accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution, and helped hold the girl at a Milwaukee home last month. 

Julian M. Woodruff, 20, of Oak Creek and Marcus M. Smith-Reaves, 19, of Menomonee Falls have been charged with child trafficking. They face a $100,000 fine and up to 40 years in prison.

Woodruff helped hold the girl at a Milwaukee home last month, according to court records, and, along with Smith-Reaves threatened her if she didn't go along with the prostitution. The trafficking began Feb. 17, when police say Smith-Reaves pointed a gun at the girl at a residence in the 3200 block of North 34th Street and said she had to start having sex for money—and turning what men gave her over to him. 

If she didn't, the criminal complaint states, Smith-Reaves said he would kill her.

Woodruff helped Smith-Reaves harbor the girl at the home for the purpose of prostitution, police said.

Smith-Reaves and Woodruff both had sex with her, according to the criminal complaint, and in a Feb. 22 incident confronted her about calling police. They filled up a bathtub and held her under water for several seconds at a time, threatening to drown her. The girl told police she thought she was going to die, as the incident went on for several minutes.

Police are still investigating the case and are expected to bring more felony charges against Smith-Reaves and Woodruff.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 14.

Patriot March 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Loosers!!!! What a waste of tax payers money!!! Seems in todays society criminals have more rights than the victims!!! SHAME
c March 15, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Inferior animals, and should be exterminated as such
Mr.Ed March 16, 2013 at 12:36 AM
We have enough population in city to support the tax base. Two less won't be missed. Sure, we can spend 100's of thousands of dollars rehabilitating Julian and Marcus of Oak Creek, and maybe some day they will contribute an ounce something good to society, but I would prefer extermination as C suggested or castration.
vocal local 1 March 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM
I remember a sexual abuse case in Washington State in which the mother of the victim walked into court and shot dead the perp. I felt justice had been delivered but she was tried and sent to prison. Probably for a longer sentence than the perp would have gotten for ruining her son's sexuality.
Kevin Hartman March 17, 2013 at 05:05 PM
There is two sides to every story. So before we start exterminating lets make sure that the girl involved is truly a victim. Its not that uncommon that people have been wrongly accused after someone wakes up and feels bad about what they did the night before. Not saying they are innocent but how can you all assume that they are guilty. Gotta love the US where we say innocent until proven guilty unless we hear something like this and mob justice trumps fact. Hear the facts before you judge people.
Mike March 18, 2013 at 08:22 AM
It's what he gets for terrorizing my brother and a friends brother all through high school and getting away with it every chance he got. Karma sucks. Still the acts are illegal in itself. Doesn't matter if a girl agrees with it and then changes her mind. Only difference is she would just in trouble as well.
Mike March 18, 2013 at 08:24 AM
And like vocal one said about the changing of a kids sexuality from the acts such as these. My brother was a great kid and after being terrorized from these ungrateful kids changed my brother forever and I still love him but I will never have my brother the same again. Justice has been done and let god decide your fate in the kingdom of heaven for screwing up his children.
Jane March 31, 2013 at 06:45 AM
I know marcus and he's not a bad guy, I had talked to him around the time this was going on and even doe I had no ideal he had this going on, I still can't wrap my mind around him doing all this stuff! He's a pretty sweet guy!
Jane March 31, 2013 at 06:49 AM
I hope the judge goes easy on him! But I do feel bad for the girl too.

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