Human Trafficking is a Growing Problem in Wisconsin – Part1by Gamino Law Offices on 03/12/14
Though our criminal defense lawyers in Milwaukee, WI often represent clients in cases involving drug crimes, assault, juvenile offenses, and other similar matters, it is rare we hear about human trafficking cases.
Human trafficking? Isn’t that something you hear about in movies or that happens overseas? Unfortunately, human trafficking crimes are happening a lot closer to home than anyone might imagine.
Just two months ago, Walworth County was shaken to its core after a couple was arrested for allegedly holding a 16-year-old Waukesha girl captive and prostituting her for sex acts on the Internet.
Though a shocking incident, statistics show that human trafficking is a lot more common in Wisconsin than anyone can possibly fathom. In fact, the Wisconsin Department of Justice reports that over 200 victims of trafficking have been identified across half of the state’s counties.
Last summer, 10 children were rescued after police arrested 100 suspects linked to a human trafficking ring. Even though these types of crimes often remain hidden from the public, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t happening.
But despite Wisconsin’s growing human trafficking problem, not much has been done to fix it, mostly because devoting specialized law enforcement task agencies to seeking out and removing traffickers takes a lot of time and a lot of money. As it stands, reports show that between the years 2000 and 2007, only seven percent of Wisconsin’s crime fighting authorities received training on human trafficking.
In 2008, Wisconsin passed a law that would help law enforcement officials identify traffickers and bring them to justice, but the law has its limits. However, according to the firm’s Attorneys like Carlos Gamino, a new, much stricter anti-trafficking law may prove to be the solution.
Find out more about the law and what it entails in Part 2 of our blog.