Weimer emphasized that human trafficking was a growing criminal industry for several reasons.Human company is easier to explain away than drugs or weapons, she said.As part of the plea agreement, Heisler cannot have any contact with his children and he cannot have unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 17.If Heisler violates the terms of his probation he could spend seven years in prison.The case of a local man alleged to have planned the sex trafficking of two teen girls is not evidence of widespread criminal coordination, Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams said Tuesday.Local anti-trafficking advocates say the case smacks of organized sex trafficking, but this clashes with the view of Chief Williams, who says no such criminal networks exist in Springfield.And people can be forced into a position where they are reusable commodities — a bag of weed can be sold only once, but a person forced into prostitution can be used as a recurring source of profit.Casey Alvarez, founder and executive director of a faith-based anti-trafficking nonprofit, is of the mind that widespread human trafficking exists and that trafficking networks are active in Springfield."There's a big system," she said.
But these groups have not convinced him that there's an organized sex trafficking structure, nor have they been able to offer hard evidence supporting their claims."It's more rumor and conjecture," Williams said."And when you're an outside group, you can certainly base discussions and decisions on that, but I can't."Williams also hasn't seen any evidence that Mc Caw, who remains in the Greene County Jail on a 0,000 bond, is part of a widespread criminal organization."I think it's an opportunistic, predatory criminal who took advantage of some young girls and is trying to build a business."Along with Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson, Williams is part of a newly formed task force run by Attorney General Josh Hawley's office.This task force brings together officials from around the state and builds off an earlier legislative task force chaired by Rep. The attorney general's task force met for the first time last week to gather input, draft priorities and allow members to make recommendations and highlight potential areas of improvement, such as more training for law enforcement officials."Prosecuting attorneys often don't know how to prosecute these cases," according to a copy of the meeting minutes.The vice unit will not be limited to trafficking and would also include investigations into prostitution, gambling and liquor violations, he said."I think I need a domestic violence unit rather than a vice unit if I'm having to pick priorities, for example," he said. After spending eight years in prison for sexually abusing a 6-year-old in 2002, a Springfield man is now accused of sexually abusing two children in the span of a single month.A Springfield man accused of sex acts with a 4-year-old girl will avoid prison after pleading guilty last week to a less serious charge. Heisler, 42, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of felony endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced to five years probation.