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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has published a new resource to assist in the fight against human trafficking. Human Trafficking: A Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals is designed to help criminal justice agencies assess and improve their ability to identify and assist trafficking victims and hold offenders accountable.
“Human trafficking is a deplorable and lucrative criminal enterprise in which traffickers profit from the labor and sexual exploitation of men, women and children. We know that trafficking exists in Wisconsin. We are committed to working with our partners in the community to investigate and prosecute traffickers and to help victims find the services they need to regain their lives,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
The DOJ guide includes information such as tips for identifying and interviewing victims, common myths and misperceptions about the crime and resources to help agencies strengthen their response to victims of the crime.
“January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and I want to acknowledge that there are many people and organizations that have been working hard behind the scenes to fight human trafficking in Wisconsin,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “We've been proud to be part of many of those efforts and we appreciate the work that has been done.”
The DOJ is a member of state and federal anti-human trafficking task forces and has maintained a human trafficking website since 2008. “In the coming months, I will be reaching out to law enforcement agencies statewide to increase communication, training and collaboration to better identify and respond to human trafficking cases,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
For more information about the crime of human trafficking, visit the DOJ Website.