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Human Trafficking Awareness

End Abuse provides resources, training and technical assistance to programs serving domestic violence survivors, including survivors of human trafficking. Sex trafficking survivors face unique challenges to recovery and safety. We recognize the need to innovate Wisconsin’s service models to better serve survivors. We also recognize the need for better education and collaboration to prevent trafficking in our communities.

End Abuse works to educate the public on Human Trafficking risk factors and dispel common myths. See below for some examples.

MYTH: Trafficking is only an international or border state problem.

FACT:  Trafficking cases have been identified in all 72 Wisconsin counties. There were 53 reported sex trafficking cases in 2016 in Wisconsin alone*. Even more cases go unreported each year.

 

*https://humantraffickinghotline.org/state/wisconsin

MYTH: Sex trafficking survivors are all the same.

FACT: Sex trafficking can happen in any community and to anyone from any socio-economic class, race, gender, or immigration status. However, some individuals face a higher risk of being targeted by traffickers, such as runaway and homeless youth and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and social discrimination, among others. Traffickers exploit vulnerabilities and manipulate victims to make them feel guilty for anything that happens to them.

 

We know that domestic violence is the result of an imbalance of power and control in a relationship. Victims of human trafficking experience many of those same dynamics with their trafficker. Traffickers take advantage of individuals in vulnerable situations, preying on them by promising to provide for their most basic needs, such as food and shelter. And even more diabolically, traffickers prey on a child’s need to feel loved and to be part of a family. Traffickers use these strategies to lure victims, manipulating and abusing them, often under the guise of a meaningful relationship.

 

 

Watch Ted Talks by Rachel Lloyd and Catalleya Storm on Human Trafficking to learn more:

Rachel Lloyd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ij_6iMi9gA

Catalleya Storm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSum6Xe64C4

MYTH: Sex trafficking survivors cannot be charged with prostitution.

FACT: Sex trafficking survivors are often charged with prostitution and incarcerated. Wisconsin does not currently have a Safe Harbor law, meaning even a child under the age of 18 can be charged with prostitution. Learn more about current legislation to address this issue in Wisconsin. 

We can do more to prevent human trafficking, better serve survivors, and advocate for policies to ensure survivors are not penalized but empowered to lead healthy and successful lives.

Sign up for End Abuse’s Action Alerts to learn more about our work to support social change through policy, education and awareness. 

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Included below are a number of vital resources to help community members and service providers raise awareness, recognize and respond to human trafficking.

If you cannot find what you’re looking for below, please contact End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin for assistance at 608-255-0539.

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