Human trafficking is an illegal industry in the United States that generates an estimate of $9.5 billion dollars annually. Sex trafficking is prevalent in all 72 counties in Wisconsin and southeast Wisconsin has the highest rates according to the US Attorney’s Department of Justice Office. According to the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee, 79% of trafficking cases reported in Wisconsin occur in the city of Milwaukee, 92% of youth trafficked in Milwaukee are female and 78% of youth bought and sold by traffickers in Milwaukee are African American. Thirteen is the average age a child begins being trafficked for sex. The average pimp has 5 girls, gross over $100k annually and high-end pimps make millions trafficking young men, women, and children. Victims see an average of 10-12 “clients” per day and work 7 days a week.
Why is this Campaign Needed?
Sex trafficking in Wisconsin has become an epidemic and people are unaware that Wisconsin is a hub for sex trafficking and Milwaukee is the Harvard school for pimps. Unfortunately, most people don’t know the signs of sex trafficking. People often think sex trafficking is something that happens overseas or in other states but it is actually happening right in your backyard.
This campaign is essential in showing that sex trafficking is real and one of the major problems is how victims of sex trafficking are treated and looked at simply because a significant amount of professional service providers, non-professionals, and regular people don’t know the signs or there not trained in identifying the signs of a victim of sex trafficking.
Survivors of sex trafficking have been stripped of their identities, families, purpose in life and they often find themselves struggling to try to navigate back into life trying to re-discover themselves. This campaign presents the problem and the solution to the problem.