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AG candidate Schimel rolls out plan aimed at preventing human trafficking

Republican candidate for Wisconsin attorney general and Waukesha County DA Brad Schimel. (Photo from: FOX 11/YouTube).
Republican candidate for Wisconsin attorney general and Waukesha County DA Brad Schimel. (Photo from: FOX 11/YouTube).

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel has unveiled a new plan to prevent human trafficking in Wisconsin.

The Waukesha County DA says he would produce a comprehensive campaign to fight the practice of recruiting and controlling others to profit from crimes like prostitution, drug dealing, and violence.

Schimel says he wants to monitor the effectiveness of a new law this year which took away the requirement that trafficking victims had to be controlled without their consent. It also allowed victims to ask judges to drop and expunge convictions for prostitution.

Schimel said he wants to run a public awareness effort similar to the state's "Fly Effect" campaign against heroin. It would also help industries like trucking and hotels spot signs of trafficking.

Police would be trained to recognize it. Victims' rehabilitation would be coordinated with charities and churches.

Schimel is running against Democrat Susan Happ for attorney general. Her campaign says she supports the general idea -- but Happ wants to know how much it would cost.

For now, Schimel is only saying it would take what he called an "increase in resources."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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