(WKOW) -- Two men face federal charges after authorities say they ran a prostitution operation out of a strip club in Dodge County.
Federal prosecutors say the headquarters of the operation was The Hardware Store, a strip club in the village of Clyman.
A grand jury indicted the club's owner, Michael Siegel, and the former manager, Scott Hoeft, on December 10.
Prosecutors say the two hired dancers willing to perform sex acts, including women they knew were working for pimps. Authorities say the suspects also worked with those pimps.
“These charges send a warning to any business owner who works with a pimp to facilitate illegal prostitution. When a pimp is involved, women are often being trafficked by force, fraud, and coercion. The Justice Department is committed to prosecuting sex trafficking aggressively,” said United States Attorney Matthew Krueger in a news release.
“I am thankful for the partnership with the federal government in developing this case regarding the human trafficking, prostitution, and other serious crimes. The charges brought against Siegel and Hoeft send a strong and clear message that we will not tolerate this criminal activity and we will use all resources available to us to hold offenders accountable,” said Dodge County Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt in the same news release.
Siegel and Hoeft face time in federal prison if convicted.