2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 10, 2020 - Introduced by Representatives Billings, Loudenbeck, Vining,
Emerson, Bowen, Crowley, Vruwink, Tusler, Pronschinske, Anderson,
Kolste, Zamarripa, Dittrich, Hebl, Kerkman, James, Tittl, Stubbs,
Shankland, Haywood, Spiros, Mursau, Kulp, Vorpagel, Subeck, Sinicki,
Gruszynski, Ballweg, Cabrera, Considine, Ohnstad, Murphy, Rodriguez, C.
, Spreitzer, Horlacher, Sargent and Fields, cosponsored by Senators
Johnson, Darling, Jacque, Schachtner, Carpenter, Olsen, Bewley,
Ringhand, Miller, Wirch, L. Taylor, Erpenbach and Larson. Referred to
Committee on Rules.
AJR116,1,2 1Relating to: proclaiming January 2020 as human trafficking awareness and
2prevention month.
AJR116,1,53 Whereas, human trafficking occurs when a person is recruited, harbored,
4obtained, or transported through force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of sexual
5exploitation, commercial sex acts, or labor exploitation; and
AJR116,1,106 Whereas, human traffickers disproportionately target at-risk populations,
7including individuals who have experienced or been exposed to other violence, such
8as child abuse and maltreatment and community violence, and those who are
9disconnected from support networks, such as runaway and homeless youth,
10unaccompanied minors, and persons displaced by natural disasters; and
AJR116,1,1311 Whereas, more than 49,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported
12to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the last ten years, averaging 150 calls
13per day; and
AJR116,1,1514 Whereas, the average age a trafficking victim enters the sex trade in the U.S.
15is 12 to 14 years old; and
1Whereas, in 2018, an estimated one out of seven endangered runaways
2reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child
3sex trafficking victims, 80 percent of all trafficking victims are female, and 50
4percent of victims are children; and
AJR116,2,85 Whereas, a 2019 U.S. State Department report found that advocates reported
6a growing trend of traffickers targeting people with disabilities and an increase in
7the use of online social media platforms to recruit and advertise victims of human
8trafficking; and
AJR116,2,109 Whereas, human trafficking has been reported in all 72 counties in the state,
10and it is a crime found in rural, urban, and suburban communities; and
AJR116,2,1311 Whereas, human trafficking is modern-day slavery, a practice that is in direct
12opposition to the fundamental principles of liberty and human rights upon which our
13nation was founded; and
AJR116,2,1614 Whereas, to combat human trafficking in our state, our citizens must be aware
15of the realities of human trafficking, educated to recognize victims of human
16trafficking, and dedicated to stopping it; and
AJR116,2,1917 Whereas, a resolution passed by the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2007, has forever
18marked January 11th as a day of awareness and vigilance for the countless victims
19and survivors of human trafficking around the world; and
AJR116,2,2220 Whereas, Wisconsin has zero tolerance for human trafficking, and eliminating
21human trafficking is a goal shared by all Americans who believe in freedom and
22liberty for all people; now, therefore, be it
1Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
2Wisconsin Legislature proclaim January 2020 as Human Trafficking Awareness and
3Prevention Month in the State of Wisconsin.
AJR116,3,44 (End)