By Kent Berkley
Shelby Mitchell, Sex Trafficking Victim Advocate for Door County, says that human trafficking occurs in every county in Wisconsin, including the idyllic towns and villages of Door County. One focus for Shelby during Human Trafficking Awareness Month is to educate the public about indicators and warning signs that someone might be a victim. Shelby concurs with Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel’s statement that “the greatest resource is the everyday citizen who is fueling up at a truck stop, shopping at the mall, or staying at a hotel.” Shelby says it is important to understand the warning signs of human trafficking and report it when you see it.
Preventing human trafficking requires coordination among citizens and professionals from multiple disciplines. Wisconsin DCF and DOJ are in the process of launching a web-based training tool to combat human trafficking for the hospitality industry that will be available in English, Spanish and Hmong.