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State launches human trafficking awareness campaign

In 2017, more than 7,000 sex trafficking cases were reported to the National Human

Trafficking Hotline, including cases in Wisconsin.

In an effort to shed light on the issue of trafficking in Wisconsin, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has recently launched the “WI, We Need to Talk” public awareness campaign.

Aimed at informing Wisconsin citizens about youth sex trafficking, the campaign can help people recognize the warning signs of trafficking that could be taking place in their communities, and what can be done to help the young people who might be at risk.

“Youth sex trafficking is one of the most horrific forms of child abuse,” DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson said. “The people who use vulnerable kids in this way, prey upon their isolation and past trauma and rob them of their childhood. Through the “WI, We Need to Talk” campaign, we hope to give the public the tools to recognize the signs of trafficking and help prevent traffickers from taking advantage of our youth.”

Visit dcf.wisconsin.gov/aht/toolkit for more information and copies of campaign posters.

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