DOJ announces partnership with convenience stores to combat human trafficking

COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Justice is taking the fight against human trafficking to local corner stores.

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced Tuesday a partnership with the Wisconsin State Patrol and convenience store owners to educate store employees about how to recognize victims of human sex trafficking.

“The partnership we’re announcing today will help more people know the signs of human trafficking and what to do when they see those signs,” Kaul said.

Kaul said state agencies will provide convenience stores with training and materials to raise awareness to recognize victims and what to do if they suspect human trafficking.

The convenience store industry in Wisconsin is made up of nearly 50,000 workers at roughly 3,000 stores all across the state. Today’s event was part of the Department of Justice’s efforts for Human Trafficking Awareness Month.