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Human Trafficking

UMOS Latina Resource Center Metro Milwaukee Rescue & Restore Trafficking Initiative (MMRRI)


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What is Human Trafficking?

    The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) defines "severe" forms of trafficking in persons" as:
  • Sex trafficking-- a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or
  • Labor trafficking--the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

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Sex Trafficking Indicators Labor Trafficking Indicators
  • Have you been forced to engage in sexual acts with someone in exchange for favors/money?
  • Is anyone physically or sexually abusing you?
  • Has anyone taken sexual photos of you to post online?
  • Are you under the age of 18 and is someone pressuring you to sell sex?
  • Has anyone threatened to hurt your family or friends if you refused to sell sex?
  • Are you paid for the work you do?
  • Are you in debt to your employer?
  • Can you take another job if you wanted to?
  • Does your employer provide you a place to live? What are the conditions like?
  • Has your identification or documentation been taken away from you?


UMOS Can Help

http://fox6now.com/2017/10/30/indicted-owner-of-several-milwaukee-gas-stations-accused-of-forcing-indian-woman-to-work/

Human Trafficking 24 Hour Crisis Hotline 414-389-6510
UMOS receives funding from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Regional Program Grant, to raise the awareness of sex and labor human trafficking in the metro Milwaukee area and other targeted counties, leading to increased victim identification and improved service response to the needs of foreign nationals victims of human trafficking.

Targeted counties include: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, and Ozaukee.

Victims are Entitled to Protection & Assistance in the U.S. regardless of their Immigration Status

The UMOS Latina Resource Center Crisis Line-Available 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week (414) 389-6510, or the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888.

Training & Technical Assistance: UMOS' technical assistance and training efforts ensure that critical information around human trafficking is delivered to those responsive to victims and to those who can assist in identification and referral.

The Metro Milwaukee Rescue & Restore Project provides the following services: training, consultation and technical assistance. If you are interested in training and/or technical assistance please contact: Eileen Alvarado, UMOS Human Trafficking Outreach Coordinator at eileen.alvarado@umos.org or Mariana Rodriguez, UMOS Program Manager at mariana.rodriguez@umos.org

Coalition Building: The UMOS Metro Milwaukee Rescue & Restore Coalition was designed to create a linguistically/culturally-specific coordinated response that will initiate community dialogue around human trafficking among foreign-nationals population s and acknowledge the problem of human trafficking in metropolitan Milwaukee. To join the coalition please contact Mariana Rodriguez 414-389-6508.

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  • Identification & Referral of Foreign Victims
  • Training & Technical Assistance
  • Public Awareness
  • Coalition Building

Source:
National Trafficking Resource Center http://traffickingresourcecenter.org/


Other Resources


U.S. Department of Labor-Wage and Hour Division

https://www.dol.gov/whd/immigration/UTCert.htm