[Ed. – Disgraceful: right in our own backyard]
In the midst of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, a silent epidemic rages — human trafficking. It’s a $150 billion global industry, and southeast Wisconsin is a major hub. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport features signage that asks the public to “spot the signs and break the chains,” reminding that “human trafficking can happen anywhere.”
“We have seen an increase in human trafficking, especially online,” Melissa Hoppmeyer said.
With children now spending more time on computers and devices, taking part in virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic, concerns are growing.
“When we are looking at the sex trafficking of minors, 76% of transactions for online sex with minor females starts online, so those are factors we need to be looking at, especially with the virtual world we are all now living in because of the pandemic,” Kathryn Marsh said.