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Unfortunately human trafficking occurs in Wisconsin. With knowledge of human trafficking lagging behind, the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice (DOJ) is actively promoting awareness of this issue to educate and engage Wisconsin citizens and law enforcement about the realities of this horrible crime. Here are just a few facts about human trafficking taken from the Wisconsin Human Trafficking Protocol & Resource Manual published by the DOJ:
- Victims are clandestine and hidden and often do not self-identify.
- Victims include men, women, and children of every age, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, ethnicity, nationality, and religion.
- Human trafficking includes labor, sex, and other forms of exploitation.
- Women and children from poverty-stricken areas are disproportionately affected.
- Crime may originate in Wisconsin, in a different state, or in another country.
- Human trafficking occurs in urban (especially metropolitan areas or centers of tourism) as well as rural settings (especially large farming communities).
- Perpetrators may be part of an organized crime group or act on their own.
To access a variety of publications and reports the DOJ has published about human trafficking, visit the Wisconsin Digital Archives. Here are just a few publications you will find:
- Human Trafficking Handbook : By Looking Beneath the Surface, a Life Might Be Saved
- Hidden in Plain Sight : a Baseline Survey of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin
- Human Trafficking : a Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals
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