Human Trafficking

Person holding a sign that says not for sale.

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will." - Polaris Project


  • Faces of human trafficking

    The Faces of Human Trafficking video series
    Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration-founded Task Force to End Modern Slavery partnered with Breaking Free, one of the nation’s leading organizations for working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking, to create “The Faces of Human Trafficking” video series. 
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    National Hotline: 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733
    La Crosse County District Attorney 608-785-9604
    La Crosse Emergency Services 608-785-9634
    City of La Crosse Police Department 608-785-5962
    La Crosse Country Sheriff's Department 608-785-5942

    Toolkits and Resources
    Human Trafficking resources and toolkits

Sister Marlene Weisenbeck named person of the year
"For her extensive, unwavering efforts in the fight against human trafficking and decades of leadership in the community and beyond, she is the La Crosse Tribune’s 2019 Person of the Year."

Stop Trafficking!
Anti Human Trafficking Newsletter

Stop Trafficking Newsletter is produced monthly by Alliance to End Human Trafficking, formerly U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, to serve as a forum for exchange among religious congregations and their collaborating organizations.
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As members of Alliance to End Human Trafficking, FSPA is a co-sponsor of Stop Trafficking newsletter. Learn more about joining the Alliance at

UW-La Crosse student spreads awareness of human trafficking
Chantal Zimmerman, a feature reporter for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's The Racquet, featured Sister Marlene and the task force's work to end modern slavery. “I always say this, memorize the national human sex trafficking hotline number, 1-888-373-7888, if you see something call that number,” Weisenbeck said. “First of all call 911 at home, at least get the police involved in what you think you are seeing even if you are not sure.” Read UWL student spreads awareness of human sex trafficking
  • Human Trafficking Awareness
    We invite you to add these daily suggestions:
    Light a candle and pray for a perpetrator.
    Take a survivor to dinner today; find out how you can help with personal needs.
    Find out who can provide pro bono legal assistance to survivors.
    Join a task force initiative and help in whatever ways are needed.

    Download 30 ways to help end modern slavery


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