Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wisconsin Digital Archives Collection Connection : Human Trafficking in Wisconsin

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that "in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves. They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay."

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).
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  • 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:
For additional information on Human Trafficking in Wisconsin, including guides, protocols, statutes, reports, and statistics, please visit to the Wisconsin Department of Justice website.

Written by:
Mary Hutnik and Abby Swanton, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning