MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Josh Kaul today is reminding Wisconsinites of potential signs of human trafficking for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has a bureau dedicated to fighting human trafficking in Wisconsin through enforcement, education and training.
“DOJ’s Human Trafficking Bureau works tirelessly to combat human trafficking,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul. “DOJ is dedicated to bringing human traffickers to justice and to supporting survivors throughout the state.”
The Human Trafficking Bureau within DCI promotes public safety through proactive enforcement, community outreach, specialized training, and operational assistance to law enforcement to identify, target and prosecute traffickers statewide. The bureau also works with all levels of law enforcement to promote victim centered approaches for investigations and conducts demand suppression operations to target customers and deter sex buyers who create the demand that fuels the crime of human trafficking.
About Human Trafficking
Human trafficking can take the form of sex trafficking or labor trafficking and can happen to both adults and minors. If you come across a situation you believe to be human trafficking, do not intervene. Instead, document as much information as you can, and contact law enforcement immediately.
Possible Indicators of Sex Trafficking & Recruitment
Possible Indicators of Labor Trafficking
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call 911. The National Human
Trafficking Hotline also assists victims and accepts tips 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, at 1-888-373-7888. For help finding a local service provider, reach out to the
DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services or visit the service directories on DOJ’s human
trafficking website at www.BeFreeWisconsin.com.
Human Trafficking Resources:
Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline for help or to report a tip 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week at 1-888-373-7888, or text 233733.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip Reporting https://report.
For more information about human trafficking, victim services, statutes and industry specific materials, visit www.BeFreeWisconsin.com.
Visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families’ “WI, We Need to Talk”
website for resources to promote dialogue between adults, parents and children about
youth sex trafficking at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/