Human Trafficking Resources

Be Aware! Human Sex Trafficking Hotline
A recent survey showed that only 4% of Americans are aware of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1888-373-7888.  Deacon Steve, Executive Director to Franciscan Peacemakers, recently wondered what a difference it would make if 40% of Americans knew the hotline and what human sex trafficking real is?  Down load this flyer to create awareness among your congregation, community, friends and family. 

Human Trafficking Hot Line Poster
Human Trafficking Hot Line Poster – Hotel/Motel
Human Trafficking Hot Line Poster with Tear Tabs
Human Trafficking “Clues” folded business card Front/Back
Human Trafficking “Clues” folded business card Inside

Stop Expansion of Strip Clubs and Human Trafficking
Letter from Archbishop Listecki, Fr Tim Kitzke, Vicar General of Urban Ministry and Anne Haines, Respect Life Director for Urban Ministry.

Unfortunately, in our great city, we are confronted with a culture of strip clubs that is antithetical to the inherent dignity of women. The great momentum of positive growth is sullied by this affront to women.

In the shadows, Milwaukee is already dealing with the huge problem of human trafficking. This added affront of strip clubs only compounds the tragedy of human trafficking, because strip clubs are “gateways” to this systemic evil. The debasement of the great gift of human sexuality tears at the fabric of our community and demeans who we are as God’s children created in His image and likeness.

Our first step, as in all things we do, is to lift our voices in prayer. We are including a link to prayers of the faithful that can be used at Mass or wherever you gather this month of May.

Our next step is for people in the City to contact their Milwaukee Common Council members and express our deep discontent with locating strip clubs in Milwaukee and ask for zoning restrictions to prevent any further expansion.


Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign and the U.S. Open

Dear CPJ Reader,
We would like to share with you a grave concern that is plaguing our area. This grave concern is human sex trafficking – the sale of enslaved human beings to perform acts of sex. Why are we concerned? The average age of a person brought into the sex trade is 12-14 years old. The average number of times a victim is sold in one day is 10-15 times. These victims are our daughters, sons, grand kids and neighbors.
 
The greater Milwaukee area has been rated third in the United States for human sex trafficking. Through work with rescue groups and law enforcement we know that a significant demand for human sex trafficking is occurring in the outlying areas, which include Washington and Waukesha Counties where the US Open Golf event is taking place June 12 - 18. We also know that major sport events can be an opportunity “draw” for the selling of humans for sex.  

The Anti-Human Sex Trafficking group in Waukesha County will be conducting an awareness campaign canvassing hotels and motels in Waukesha County during the month of May and into June. If you are willing and able to help with this effort, please contact Debra at djschneider@wi.rr.com   


Want to learn more about Human Trafficking in the Milwaukee area? This article is an excellent place to start. Human Trafficking: A Crime Hidden in Plain Sight

Contact Debra Schneider or Bob Schuelke at info@catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org 

Holy Cross Sisters Resources

HT Information Cards

Wisconsin Department of Justice

Books
Parish Book Discussion - In Our Backyard by Nita Belles
Committee Members Only - The Slave Across the Street [Frank difficult to read book written by a victim] 
Lacy's Hope  

Organizations, Films and Other Resources
"Chosen" and other films and books at Shared Hope International



ADVOCACY


Human Trafficking Survivors Share 5 Ways To Help End Practice
Huffington Post, Oct 19, 2016
1: Ensure Law Enforcement Is Trained In Anti-Trafficking
2. Create Public Awareness Campaigns That Reflect Diversity Of Trafficking Victims
3. Provide Support Services To All Types Of Trafficking Survivors
4. Increase Funding To Investigate More Industries For Labor Trafficking
5. Help Survivors Get On Track For Success In Work And Life


Our "Number 6" - End Demand for Sex Trafficked Victims.
Local Human Sex Trafficking is a horrific crime against human dignity that is happening right here in our city and suburbs. Its also an a-political justice issue that we can all do something about individually and in our parishes.  Contact Debra at
djschneider@wi.rr.com to learn what you and your parish can do.


Addressing the Depravity of Human Trafficking in Our Community

From Debra Schneider - Catholics for Peace and Justice
When a group of us at St. James, Men Falls, starting researching human trafficking 2 years ago, we were overwhelmed by the shear breadth of this global issue.  In fact, a few of the stories we researched were so disturbing some us could not bring ourselves to finish the reading. It quickly became clear why Pope Francis has raised a high level of awareness calling “human trafficking, which includes forced labor and prostitution, organ trafficking and any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are created equal and have the same freedom and dignity, a crime against humanity.”
 
What have we learned through our research?
  • After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the 2nd largest criminal industry in the world. 
  • Human trafficking is a $9.8 billion industry in the United States
  • 100,000 children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States
  • The average age of a sex trafficking victim is between 12 and 14 years old
  • In the U. S. Milwaukee is 3rd in human sex trafficking, behind Detroit and Denver.
  • In general, men, drive the sex trafficking industry through demand.

 The good news is that awareness of this issue is increasing in Wisconsin and in our area.  Franciscan Peacemakers has developed Clare Community as a safe place for adult women coming from the street to integrate back into the community.  Exploit No More is working on acquiring a safe house for minors. 
 
What you can do. 
Begin with education. All parishes in the Milwaukee Archdiocese received an Anti-Human Trafficking Parish Toolkit from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross.  Ask your parish staff for the Toolkit or visit this link to find the online version.  Attend one of many Anti-Human Trafficking presentations or film screening to make connections with others  working on this important issue.  
Create awareness in your parish.  Visit the CPJ website for more information.   


Human Trafficking – 2015 Papal World Day of Peace Message
Human trafficking destroys the lives of millions of children, women and men each year, making it a real threat to peace, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis' 2015 World Peace Day message would focus on the phenomenon. "Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters" will be the theme for the Jan. 1, 2015, commemoration and for the message Pope Francis will write for the occasion,according to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.






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