We are a group of students attending the social work program at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. We want to promote and seek justice for victims and survivors of human trafficking. Currently in Wisconsin under statute 944.32 ‘Soliciting Prostitutes’, it states, “Except as provided under s. 948.08, whoever intentionally solicits or causes any person to practice prostitution or establishes any person in a place of prostitution is guilty of a Class H felony.” A class H felony according to Ave Mince-Didier means, “a fine of up to $10,000, prison terms of up to six years... Or both imprisonment and a fine.” We want to raise awareness about the issue on a state level policy implicating the action of illegal transportation of a person from one area to another due to the purpose of coercion and sexual exploitation. We want to enact an 8-hour court mandated class for offenders of human trafficking. This course will be dedicated to show trauma experienced by the victims and survivors.
While increased penalties are one approach to reducing demand for commercial sex, another means to deter the illicit purchase of sex is through educating purchasers, often called johns, through programs about the risks and realities of the commercial sex industry. These programs are often referred to as “john schools,” defined as education or treatment programs for men arrested for soliciting illegal commercial sex (www.humantrafficking.ohio.gov)
Mince-Didier, A. Wisconsin Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences. Criminal Defense Lawyer. Retrieved from: https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/wisconsin-felony-crimes-class-and-sentences.htm