January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking can be involve sex trafficking or labor trafficking or both.

Sex trafficking is defined as the “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.” 22 USC § 7102.

Labor trafficking is the “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.” 22 USC § 7102.

Victims of human trafficking may be U.S. or foreign nationals. Foreign nationals or immigrants who are victims of human trafficking may be eligible for immigration benefits as a result of the trafficking.

Our office has experience working with victims of human trafficking and we are proud to be a member of the Metro Milwaukee Rescue & Restore Coalition, which is run by UMOS.

The image below provides you with some facts about human trafficking in Wisconsin and some ways you can help combat human trafficking in our community: