Forced into a life they never chose, manipulated, abused, and tortured at the hands of the pimps who control them, our country’s children are sold on the streets, on the internet and at truck stops across America every night.
It’s common to conceive of slavery as a thing of the past, but the practice is still affecting millions worldwide. Experts consider human trafficking to be a modern version of slavery, where individuals, especially women and children, are exploited for labor and commercial sex.
State officials say human trafficking is a huge problem and cases have been reported in every Wisconsin county. The Department of Justice is teaming up with the Wisconsin State Patrol, focusing on roadways as a new strategy to crack down.