AG Schimel’s Human Trafficking Bureau Hosts Training in Eau Claire for Investigating Human Trafficking
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – This week, Attorney General Brad Schimel and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are hosting DCI Human Trafficking School in Eau Claire, Wis. For three days, law enforcement from across the state will learn about the complex issues surrounding the crime of human trafficking.
“If we are going to end human trafficking in Wisconsin, we need the boots on the ground to have the most up to date information about how traffickers are exploiting victims and operating in our state,” said Attorney General Schimel. “Human trafficking is a very mobile, complex crime, and DOJ is providing local law enforcement the best crime intelligence we have, in order to stop this heinous crime.”
Workshops offered are about interviewing victims, understanding how traffickers recruit victims and use the internet to advertise, conducting undercover operations, investigating labor trafficking, and working with commercial businesses that may be unknowingly engaging with human trafficking.
In a statewide assessment, Wisconsin law enforcement in nearly every county in the state reported that human trafficking occurs in their community. Recognizing this growing problem, in September 2017, Attorney General Schimel established the Human Trafficking Bureau within the Division of Criminal Investigation. The bureau provides a coordinated statewide strategy to identify, target, and prosecute traffickers in order to combat human trafficking and provide needed assistance to survivors.
For more information about human trafficking in Wisconsin go to www.BeFreeWisconsin.com.