Does Milwaukee Deserve Its Reputation As A Hub For Sex Trafficking?

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The empty chair in this area frequented by Nigerian prostitutes shows that she is currently working, in Siziano, near Milan, Italy, Monday, March 5, 2018. Nigerian teenagers and young women selling sex is a common sight for motorists in Italy. Working along roadsides and secondary highways in cities big and small, they are a haunting reminder that while Italy has been successful in curbing immigration from Libya, it has largely failed to help a fraction of the migrants trafficked as sex slaves. Antonio Calanni/AP Photo

Milwaukee has a reputation for being a hub of sex trafficking in the midwest. A new report from the Medical College of Wisconsin estimates that between 2013 and 2016, 340 people aged 25 and younger were victims of sex trafficking in the city. We consider the scope of this problem in Wisconsin’s biggest city, what’s being done to combat it and what needs to change.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Dana World-Patterson Guest