Podcast: Human Trafficking Episode 1

Podcast: Human Trafficking Episode 1

January 3, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Listen Now (00:17:29)



Think back to when you were thirteen years old. Were you secure, happy, and confident all the time? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably no. Thirteen is the average age when young women and men are forced or coerced into Human Trafficking. Traffickers look for people who are vulnerable; those who lack confidence in themselves and are looking for a protector-figure. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, regardless of gender, age, or socioeconomic status, and it happens in both urban and rural areas. In fact, the latest data shows human trafficking has become a $150 billion dollar industry worldwide. 

Dana World-Patterson is chairperson for the Human Trafficking Taskforce of Greater Milwaukee and founder of Foundations for Freedom, and organization that “exists to strengthen women and girls, reduce their vulnerabilities and eradicate human trafficking, through education, awareness, advocacy and prevention.” Dana believes in starting education young and emphasizing confidence-building during in-school programming for students. 

Laura Johnson is a Survivor Leader who works with the Taskforce by sharing her inspiring personal story with a variety of different groups. However, the last thing Laura wants is sympathy. Laura is triumphant and strong, and has found the courage to share her story through her work with Dana and the Human Trafficking Taskforce of Greater Milwaukee.

Learn more about the work of the Human Trafficking Taskforce of Greater Milwaukee

Read about Dana’s organization Foundations for Freedom

United Way Program Partner Meta House is mentioned in this podcast as a resource for victims and survivors of Human Trafficking.

Listen to Episode 2

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