WisDOT Shining A Spotlight On Human Trafficking

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is putting a spotlight on human trafficking. The DOT is one of hundreds of partners that has joined the national initiative titled Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking. It aims to bring the travel industry together to combat this crime across the country.

Wisconsin DOT Secretary Craig Thompson says human trafficking is a hidden crime that needs to come out of the shadows. He says traffickers are using the state’s highway system to transport victims and perpetuate this issue.

The DOT and the Wisconsin State Patrol work closely with the state Department of Justice to provide training to law enforcement and private sector partners across Wisconsin. All state patrol officers are trained in recognizing the basic indicators of human trafficking, the questions to ask, and options to help connect a victim with available social services.