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The Wisconsin Department of Justice Releases Report:  "A Baseline Assessment of Human Trafficking in the State of Wisconsin"
 

“While we’ve made strides, I appreciate those who responded to this survey because, with better information, I’m hopeful we can better address prevention, enforcement and victim services,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.

 

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has released its report, “A Baseline Assessment of Human Trafficking in the State of Wisconsin,” which assessed -- through a voluntary survey of law enforcement, prosecutors, victim witness coordinators and governmental social service providers -- the extent of human trafficking across Wisconsin.

 

Some of the report’s key findings include:

 

  • Human trafficking in Wisconsin takes the form of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, and it is committed against both adults and minors;
  • Most of the human trafficking cases reported occur in areas of the state that are highly populated and have a significant tourist or visitor population;
  • Early intervention is critical for helping victims or potential victims leave or avoid a life of trafficking;
  • There is a lack of adequate services for victims of human trafficking throughout the state. The most notable services needed are adequate housing, healthcare, and advocacy;
  • Progress has been made in multiple areas of the state to address the lack of adequate services for victims of human trafficking;
  • Further training on human trafficking is needed by law enforcement and other professionals who may encounter this type of activity;
  • The lack of standardized definitions of and reporting on human trafficking make it difficult to collect accurate figures on this crime.

 

“This report provides an insightful snapshot of human trafficking as it exists in Wisconsin today,” Attorney General Van Hollen.  “We’ve been working to train those in criminal justice and public safety to better recognize the signs of trafficking, but gaps still exist in awareness and understanding of the crime.  While we’ve made strides, I appreciate those who responded to this survey because, with better information, I’m hopeful we can better address prevention, enforcement and victim services.”

 

The DCI report, “A Baseline Assessment of Human Trafficking in the State of Wisconsin,” was developed by the Wisconsin Statewide Information Center, or WSIC.  More information about the WSIC is available here.

 

Additional information for victims of human trafficking is available at the following link:

Office of Crime Victim Services -- Human Trafficking

 

Note:  Please see the full report for methodology and limitations of the survey, which does not cover every possible jurisdiction. As a result, the responses to the survey cannot accurately determine how many cases have been investigated or prosecuted in the state of Wisconsin as a whole, and does not preclude a possible overlap of cases reported from the investigating agency and the prosecuting agency.