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Our Anti-Human Trafficking Committee organized an outreach event on June 15, 2019. The purpose was to educate local businesses, specifically gas stations and motels, about the reality, signs and responses to human trafficking in Marathon County. This included producing and explaining material to be given to these employees and owners. We want to thank all who gave their time and efforts to end this evil in our community, and around the world!

Break Every Chain outreach video

human trafficking in marathon county and beyond


More people live in slavery in the world today than at any other time in human history, despite laws in almost every country making human trafficking illegal.  This is not only a problem for other countries; the US is both a destination and source for trafficked persons.  According to 2014 statistics, between 18,000 and 24,000 people are forcibly brought to the U.S. as slaves annually, compelled to engage in sex and forced labor.  But it gets worse.  Each year, between 100,000 and 300,000 U.S. citizens are at risk of being trafficked for commercial sex in the US.

The average age of these victims is 12-14 years old. Often, they are homeless or runaways, vulnerable to manipulation by their captors. Traffickers use fraud, coercion, fear, abuse and manipulation to control these children.

This problem affects parents and children everywhere. Trafficking happens in Wausau and other parts of North Central Wisconsin just as it does in big cities like New York or Chicago. The evil of human trafficking will not go away without increased awareness.

anti human trafficking Resources:

Damascus Road:  

The Women's Community:

National Human Trafficking Resource Center:

Wisconsin Department of Justice:

United States State Department—Trafficking in Persons Report:

The Blue Campaign (US Department of Homeland Security)

ECPAT International:

Protecting your Kids:

Protect Kids online Podcast: