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Human Trafficking - Mike Thurston for Waukesha County District Attorney

In 2020, the Human Trafficking Institute ranked Wisconsin as having the 6th highest number of human trafficking cases in the nation. In a WISN news article from September of 2022, the Milwaukee Police Department estimated that number has increased by 51% from 2021. Frequently, we see first-hand examples of human trafficking spilling over from Milwaukee, especially into our hotel districts along the I-94 corridor. While this is one of the thorniest law enforcement issues we face, we no longer have the luxury of ignoring it, especially because of all of the associated problems (like drug trafficking, gun violence, and prostitution). I have first-hand experience prosecuting human trafficking case, including jury trials in Atlanta and Milwaukee and Waukesha.

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