Tri State Coalition Against Human Trafficking & Slavery

Our Mission

The Coalition Against Human Trafficking & Slavery in the Tri-State Area (Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois) is a collaborative, faith-based network that engages in education and advocacy in an effort to eradicate human trafficking. The Coalition collaborates with other area groups who are also working to spread awareness of this modern-day slavery.

What is Human Trafficking?

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Human trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for involuntary labor or services. It is done with force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of exploitation.

Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that effects more than 40 million people in the world today. It occurs everywhere -including every state in the US- and affects people of every age, gender, ethnicity and class.

What are the signs?

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  • Person does not seem able to answer simple questions about their profession or living circumstance without fear.
  • Lack of identifying documents such as drivers license, passport, birth record.
  • Reluctant to talk to others without seeking approval of another.
  • Isolated from family and friends.
  • Suddenly has unexplained expensive belongings.
  • Unable to leave their work site or home without boss’s permission.

How can I help?

Human trafficking exists in Iowa.

Ending human trafficking requires everyone’s help. Whether through prayer, education, advocacy, survivor services, or financial support, you CAN make a difference. If you see or hear something suspicious, call the Human Trafficking Hotline 888.373.7888 or your local law enforcement at 911.

Do not risk harm to yourself or to the victim by approaching the suspected person(s).

Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ.

It is a crime against humanity.

Pope Francis

Major Risk Factors

  • Recent Migration/ Relocation
  • Substance Use
  • Runaway/ Homeless Youth
  • Brain Health Concern
  • Involvement in Child Welfare system