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Human Trafficking in Wisconsin

Human Trafficking Happens Here.

But, Why?

Wisconsin’s geographical location is on a known trafficking route that cuts across the Midwest, and Milwaukee has been identified as a breeding ground for traffickers and recruitment hotspot for victims. Those factors combined with high unemployment, increased gang and drug activity, extreme economic divides, historical and current racial makeup, and lack of access to quality education and basic resources create an even higher risk for human trafficking locally.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, there’s been a total of 596 cases of human trafficking in Wisconsin since 2007 and 94 of those cases were reported in 2019. Additionally, the Human Trafficking Institute reported that five cases of sex trafficking and one case of labor trafficking went to federal court in 2020. While these numbers are heartbreaking because each one represents a trafficked victim, they also represent the lack of reporting and restoration that takes place throughout the nation. Both the National Hotline and the Trafficking Institute host their own reporting systems and there is yet to be a comprehensive report on the scale and scope of human trafficking in the United States and throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Reporting Human Trafficking

If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, please contact the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

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Ready to Learn More?

Are you a parent, community member, or educator who would like to learn more about human trafficking? Are you a professional group, conference, or large gathering that would benefit from a FEE speaker? Are you hosting an event where a Fight to End Exploitation Info Table could be set up to engage your audience? Education is the number one way to stop human trafficking and we are eager to provide training and resources to help end the exploitation of people.

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