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.
Infosheet: Human Trafficking and Trafficking of a Child (WCASA, 2014)
Wisconsin Human Trafficking Protocol & Resource Manual - Office of Justice Assistance Human Trafficking Committee, May 2012
Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Resource Card WCASA, 2011)
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.
Hidden in Plain Sight: A Baseline Survey of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance Report, Feb. 2008.
Human Trafficking: Sexual Exploitation, Prostitution and Broken Marriages. A Special Collaborative Edition of WCASA's Connections and WCADV's Educational Journal, October 2007.
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) developed the Workgroup on Safety and Well-Being for Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families in 2009. The group’s 2010 report addresses a number of issues (including human trafficking) that the child welfare system faces in working with refugee and immigrant families.
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
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) | See outreach materials (flyer available in 16 languages)