Anti-human trafficking organization partners with DOJ to train Wisconsin bus companies

The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the national anti-human trafficking organization Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) have partnered to bring Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) training to Wisconsin bus companies.

TAT’s Busing on the Lookout program provides educational materials including wallet cards and a training video showing drivers how to recognize and report human trafficking.

“This partnership is the latest in our effort to stand shoulder to shoulder with Wisconsin industry leaders to fight human trafficking together,” said Attorney General Schimel. “These partnerships allow us to reach members of the workforce who are positioned to see, recognize and report human trafficking. Together, we can remove the strategic advantage traffickers enjoy when members of the public don’t recognize human trafficking.”

In a statewide assessment, Wisconsin law enforcement in nearly every county reported that human trafficking occurs in their community. Recognizing this growing problem, in September 2017 Attorney General Schimel established the Human Trafficking Bureau. This bureau provides a statewide strategy to identify, target, and prosecute traffickers and provide assistance to survivors.

“TAT created its newest program, Busing on the Lookout, because we recognize that the bus industry–commercial and school–has a unique role to play in adding an extra set of eyes and ears for law enforcement in recovering victims of human trafficking and arresting perpetrators,” explained Annie Sovcik, program director for Busing on the Lookout. “We are pleased that the Wisconsin Attorney General is partnering with us to get these materials into the hands of those who can use them to make a difference.”

For more information about human trafficking in Wisconsin go to www.BeFreeWisconsin.com. For more information about Truckers Against Trafficking and the Busing on the Lookout Training, go to www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org.