By Kent Berkley
Attorney General Brad Schimel, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS), and Wisconsin U.S. Attorneys’ Offices hosted a Human Trafficking Conference in Wisconsin Dells earlier this week. More than 500 people from a multitude of disciplines including law enforcement, social services, victim advocacy and criminal prosecution attended the conference. Shelby Mitchell, the Sex Trafficking Victim Advocate serving Door County, says that practitioners and policymakers involved in sex trafficking prevention and victim treatment programming are becoming more effective as additional data is gathered and new information is shared. Mitchell says enough information is currently available to implement education campaigns and dispel dangerous myths that currently exist on the subject.
Mitchell says it is important for the public to understand that sex trafficking incidents have been reported in all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties. She says some traffickers prefer to work in rural communities because there is less competition. For more information on the subject, visit Door County Daily News.com for upcoming coverage in January during sex trafficking awareness month.