Any person violating par. (a) 2.
under circumstances that cause or are likely to cause bodily harm is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Any person violating par. (a) 1.
under circumstances not causing and not likely to cause bodily harm is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
Evidence that residents suffered weight loss and bedsores was sufficient to support the conviction of a nursing home administrator for abuse of residents. State v. Serebin, 119 Wis. 2d 837
, 350 N.W.2d 65
Section 50.135 (1), as incorporated in sub. (1) (i), requires that all of the specifically enumerated facilities must be places licensed or approved by the Department of Health and Family Services. A VA hospital is subject to federal regulation but is not licensed or regulated by the state and thus not within the definition of inpatient health care facility. State v. Powers, 2004 WI App 156
, 276 Wis. 2d 107
, 687 N.W.2d 50
Seeking Justice in Death's Waiting Room: Barriers to Effectively Prosecuting Crime in Long-term Care Facilities. Hanrahan. Wis. Law. Aug. 2004.
A Response: Issues Affecting Long-term Care. Purtell. Wis. Law. Oct. 2004.
Whoever intentionally confines or restrains another without the person's consent and with knowledge that he or she has no lawful authority to do so is guilty of a Class H felony.
History: 1977 c. 173
; 2001 a. 109
False imprisonment is not a lesser included offense of the crime of kidnapping. Geitner v. State, 59 Wis. 2d 128
, 207 N.W.2d 837
A victim need only take advantage of reasonable means of escape; a victim need not expose himself or herself or others to danger in attempt to escape. State v. C.V.C., 153 Wis. 2d 145
, 450 N.W.2d 463
(Ct. App. 1989).
In the context of false imprisonment, consent means words or overt actions by a person who is competent to give informed consent indicating a freely given agreement to be confined or restrained. Under the circumstances of this case, even if the jury did not believe that the victim said no, a reasonable jury could have determined beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim did not consent to the restraint. State v. Long, 2009 WI 36
, 317 Wis. 2d 92
, 765 N.W.2d 557
“Commercial sex act" means any of the following for which anything of value is given to, promised, or received, directly or indirectly, by any person:
Any other conduct done for the purpose of sexual humiliation, degradation, arousal, or gratification.
“Debt bondage" means the condition of a debtor arising from the debtor's pledge of services as a security for debt if the reasonable value of those services is not applied toward repaying the debt or if the length and nature of the services are not defined.
“Services" means activities performed by one individual at the request, under the supervision, or for the benefit of another person.
“Trafficking" means recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining, or attempting to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, or obtain, an individual.
Except as provided in s. 948.051
, whoever knowingly engages in trafficking is guilty of a Class D felony if all of the following apply:
Causing or threatening to cause financial harm to any individual.
Destroying, concealing, removing, confiscating, or possessing, or threatening to destroy, conceal, remove, confiscate, or possess, any actual or purported passport or any other actual or purported official identification document of any individual.
Controlling or threatening to control any individual's access to an addictive controlled substance.
Using any scheme, pattern, or other means to directly or indirectly coerce, threaten, or intimidate any individual.
Using or threatening to use force or violence on any individual.
Causing or threatening to cause any individual to do any act against the individual's will or without the individual's consent.
Whoever benefits in any manner from a violation of par. (a)
is guilty of a Class D felony if the person knows or reasonably should have known that the benefits come from or are derived from an act or scheme described in par. (a)
Whoever knowingly receives compensation from the earnings of debt bondage, a prostitute, or a commercial sex act, as described in sub. (1) (a) 1.
, is guilty of a Class F felony.
Any person who incurs an injury or death as a result of a violation of sub. (2)
may bring a civil action against the person who committed the violation. In addition to actual damages, the court may award punitive damages to the injured party, not to exceed treble the amount of actual damages incurred, and reasonable attorney fees.
History: 2007 a. 116
; 2013 a. 362
Halting Modern Slavery in the Midwest: The Potential of Wisconsin Act 116 to Improve the State and Federal Response to Human Trafficking. Ozalp. 2009 WLR 1391.
A Path to Protection: Collateral Crime Vacatur for Wisconsin's Victims of Sex Trafficking. Mullins. 2019 WLR 1551.
Under the Radar: Human Trafficking in Wisconsin. Monaco-Wilcox & Mueller. Wis. Law. Oct. 2017.
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, whoever by force or threat of imminent force seizes, confines or restrains a person without the person's consent and with the intent to use the person as a hostage in order to influence a person to perform or not to perform some action demanded by the actor is guilty of a Class B felony.
Whoever commits a violation specified under sub. (1)
is guilty of a Class C felony if, before the time of the actor's arrest, each person who is held as a hostage is released without bodily harm.
Whoever does any of the following is guilty of a Class C felony:
By force or threat of imminent force carries another from one place to another without his or her consent and with intent to cause him or her to be secretly confined or imprisoned or to be carried out of this state or to be held to service against his or her will; or
By force or threat of imminent force seizes or confines another without his or her consent and with intent to cause him or her to be secretly confined or imprisoned or to be carried out of this state or to be held to service against his or her will; or
By deceit induces another to go from one place to another with intent to cause him or her to be secretly confined or imprisoned or to be carried out of this state or to be held to service against his or her will.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, whoever violates sub. (1)
with intent to cause another to transfer property in order to obtain the release of the victim is guilty of a Class B felony.
Whoever violates sub. (1)
with intent to cause another to transfer property in order to obtain the release of the victim is guilty of a Class C felony if the victim is released without permanent physical injury prior to the time the first witness is sworn at the trial.
A conviction under sub. (1) (c) does not require proof of express or implied misrepresentations. State v. Dalton, 98 Wis. 2d 725
, 298 N.W.2d 398
(Ct. App. 1980).
“Service," as used in this section, includes acts done at the command of another and clearly embraces sexual acts performed at the command of another. State v. Clement, 153 Wis. 2d 287
, 450 N.W.2d 789
(Ct. App. 1989).
Parental immunity does not extend to an agent acting for the parent. State v. Simplot, 180 Wis. 2d 383
, 509 N.W.2d 338
(Ct. App. 1993).
Forced movement of a person from one part of a building to another satisfies the “carries another from one place to another" element of sub. (1) (a). State v. Wagner, 191 Wis. 2d 322
, 528 N.W.2d 85
(Ct. App. 1995).
Sub. (2) (b) allows for a lesser degree of kidnapping if two additional elements are present: 1) the victim is released prior to the first witness testimony, and 2) there is no permanent physical injury to the victim. Once there is some evidence of the mitigating factor of no permanent injury, the burden is on the state to prove the absence of that factor, and a court accepting a guilty plea to a charged kidnapping offense under sub. (2) (a) should ascertain a factual basis for excluding the lesser-related offense under sub. (2) (b). State v. Ravesteijn, 2006 WI App 250
, 297 Wis. 2d 663
, 727 N.W.2d 53
Global positioning devices. 940.315(1)(1)
Whoever does any of the following is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor:
Places a global positioning device or a device equipped with global positioning technology on a vehicle owned or leased by another person without that person's consent.
Intentionally obtains information regarding another person's movement or location generated by a global positioning device or a device equipped with global positioning technology that has been placed without that person's consent.
This section does not apply to a motor vehicle manufacturer or a person, acting within the scope of his or her employment, who installs an in-vehicle communication or telematics system, to a device installed by or with the permission of the vehicle owner for automobile insurance rating, underwriting, or claims handling purposes, to a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity, to a parent or guardian acting to track the movement or location of his or her minor child or his or her ward, to a lienholder or agent of a lienholder acting to track the movement or location of a motor vehicle in order to repossess the motor vehicle, or to an employer or business owner acting to track the movement or location of a motor vehicle owned, leased, or assigned for use by the employer or business owner.
History: 2015 a. 45
“Course of conduct" means a series of 2 or more acts carried out over time, however short or long, that show a continuity of purpose, including any of the following:
Maintaining a visual or physical proximity to the victim.
Appearing at the victim's workplace or contacting the victim's employer or coworkers.
Appearing at the victim's home or contacting the victim's neighbors.
Entering property owned, leased, or occupied by the victim.
Contacting the victim by telephone, text message, electronic message, electronic mail, or other means of electronic communication or causing the victim's telephone or electronic device or any other person's telephone or electronic device to ring or generate notifications repeatedly or continuously, regardless of whether a conversation ensues.
Photographing, videotaping, audiotaping, or, through any other electronic means, monitoring or recording the activities of the victim. This subdivision applies regardless of where the act occurs.
Sending to the victim any physical or electronic material or contacting the victim by any means, including any message, comment, or other content posted on any Internet site or web application.
Sending to a member of the victim's family or household, or any current or former employer of the victim, or any current or former coworker of the victim, or any friend of the victim any physical or electronic material or contacting such person by any means, including any message, comment, or other content posted on any Internet site or web application for the purpose of obtaining information about, disseminating information about, or communicating with the victim.
Placing an object on or delivering an object to property owned, leased, or occupied by the victim.
Delivering an object to a member of the victim's family or household or an employer, coworker, or friend of the victim or placing an object on, or delivering an object to, property owned, leased, or occupied by such a person with the intent that the object be delivered to the victim.