Geospatial Characteristics of Sex Trafficking of Juveniles and Young Adults in Milwaukee: Follow up to "Estimating the Magnitude of Sex Trafficking Risk and Victimization of Juveniles and Young Adults" City of Milwaukee January 1, 2013 Through December 31, 2016. A Supplemental Report by the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, Medical College of Wisconsin Institute for Health & Equity, Milwaukee Sexual Assault Review, and Milwaukee Police Department – Sensitive Crimes Division.
Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission. Medical College of Wisconsin Institute for Health & Equity. Milwaukee Sexual Assault Review. Milwaukee Police Department, Sensitive Crimes Division.
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Published: April 2020
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This supplement to a March 2018 report on the magnitude of sex trafficking risk and victimization of juveniles and young adults in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides information on geographic characteristics and potential hot spots of sex trafficking of juveniles and young adults in Milwaukee. The report begins with information on the methodology of the study for the supplement, including research questions and definitions. Statistics are then reported that indicate: 340 individuals ages 25 and under were identified in Milwaukee Police Department records as confirmed or believed to be victims of sex trafficking in Milwaukee between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016; and city-level residence location information available for 228 victims indicate 88% last resided in the city of Milwaukee, 9% last resided in a Wisconsin city outside of Milwaukee, and 3% last resided in a city outside of Wisconsin. Information is provided on the zip code locations for 241 incidents involving 183 individuals, and indicates the highest zip code for trafficking locations was 53207 (27 incidents), followed by 53204 (25 incidents), and 53206 and 53225 (20 incidents each). The report found trafficking hot spots had higher rates of violence and poverty, and lower rates of educational attainment. The report closes with updated recommendations for addressing human trafficking from the original sex trafficking report and new recommendations for expanding and deploying evidence-based programming to areas throughout Milwaukee, further research to identify why trafficking is occurring in certain areas, and the development of alternative strategies for identifying locations where juveniles are trafficked.
Wisconsin; Incidence; Human trafficking; Child abuse; Sexual abuse; Commercial sexual exploitation; Sexual exploitation; Demography; Foster adolescents; Runaway children; Sexually exploited youth; Sexually exploited children