Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery
It is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Victims are trafficked by force, fraud or coercion primarily for the purposes of labor or sexual exploitation. Human Trafficking is a significant problem in Wisconsin, where domestic and foreign victims have been identified in both urban and rural communities.
Sexual Assault Service Providers (SASPs) are uniquely positioned to identify and support trafficking victims. Advocates and SANE nurses are likely to encounter trafficking victims, because they are often subjected to sexual assault. Traffickers use sexual violence as a primary tool of power and control against women and children regardless of what type of trafficking they are in. Service providers are often the first responders in cases of human trafficking, as well as partners in raising awareness around the issue of trafficking.
As the state coalition WCASA is committed to anti-trafficking work by providing library resources , technical assistance and training, engaging in policy advocacy, and helping to build capacity to serve victims of trafficking. WCASA is a member of the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium. WCASA is also a member of the Freedom Network USA, a national coalition dedicated to advocating for rights of trafficking survivors.
For more information, please contact WCASA.
Wisconsin Human Trafficking Protocol & Resource Manual - Office of Justice Assistance Human Trafficking Committee
Human Trafficking and Immigration
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) recently developed a Workgroup on Safety and Well-Being for Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families. The group’s first report addresses a number of issues (including human trafficking) that the child welfare system faces in working with refugee and immigrant families. WCASA Human Trafficking Policy Specialist is a member of the workgroup.
The Heartland Alliance – international organization funded partially by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement | their U.S. service region covers from the Dakotas to Ohio
Human Trafficking Resources:
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) outreach materials (link to page with downloads; PDF flyer available in 16 languages)
U.S. State Department annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Reports (reports can be read online as HTML or downloaded in segments in PDF):
NSVRC Assisting Trafficking Victims Information Packet – a series of resources downloadable as PDF’s
Human Trafficking in the News:
First Case Successfully Prosecuted under WI State Anti-Trafficking Law
Human Trafficking Awareness Month Victory WI Radio Network, Jan 28, 2011
Man Found Guilty of 11 Felonies Including Trafficking JSonline, Jan 11, 2011
Human Trafficking in Milwaukee Milwaukee News Buzz, Sept 22, 2010
Human Trafficking in Dane County The Verona Press, Aug 4, 2010
Wisconsin Couple Sentenced for Forcing a Woman to Work as Their Domestic Servant for 19 Years FBI Milwaukee Press Release, June 9, 2009
Human Trafficking Publications:
Impact of Federal Policies on Wisconsin Efforts to Fight Human Trafficking. Marianna Smirnova, La Follette Policy Report, Vol. 20, No. 1, Fall 2010.
Uncovering the Hidden Crime of Modern-Day Slavery: Lessons Learned from Measuring the Extent of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin. Karina Silver, La Follette Policy Report, Vol. 20, No. 1, Fall 2010.
Halting Modern Slavery in the Midwest: The Potential of Wisconsin Act 116 to Improve the State and Federal Response to Human Trafficking. Jessica E. Ozalp, WIsconsin Law Review, Vol. 2009, Issue 6.
Hidden in Plain Sight: A Baseline Survey of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance Report, February 2008.
Human Trafficking: Sexual Exploitation, Prostitution and Broken Marriages. A Special Collaborative Edition of WCASA's Connections and WCADV's Educational Journal, October 2007.