Human trafficking is a worldwide social problem that can affect anyone in any area and Wisconsin is no exception. Rural, suburban or city areas are all areas that can be affected by human trafficking.
Individuals are often taken by force or coerced from one’s home, their hometown, their place of work, or, in many cases, it happens while traveling and in transit to an unfamiliar location.
According to the International Labor Organization, it has been estimated that over 25 million individuals have been human trafficked throughout the world with the intentions of being used for sex or labor.
Many of those victims who are targeted by human traffickers are women, kids and vulnerable adults.
The human trafficking industry is estimated to be a $150 billion industry worldwide with the United States being a large contributor.
Unfortunately, current government policies have many shortcomings like lacking to force states to give long-term help to victims to get them out of the human trafficking system and into the general population with long-term assistance.
Often times due to lack of services provided, victims find themselves struggling to get the treatment and resources needed, once again making them vulnerable to falling back into the human trafficking system.
Without stronger and stricter policies in place the human trafficking industry will continue to thrive, and our family and friends in the community will continue to be at risk of falling into the system.