- Human trafficking makes an estimated 32 billion dollars every year. It's the third largest criminal industry in the world and Wisconsin is right in the center of it.
Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery.
The two biggest types of trafficking are sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
Sister Celine Goessl has been researching Wisconsin's human trafficking problem for a few years.
She wants people to understand how to pinpoint signs of trafficking in their communities.
"I hope they'll go home and just be cautious and have their eyes and ears opened, and open their mouths too," explained Goessl. "But most of all open their hearts. I am hoping that people's hearts will be set on fire to do something about this."
The talk in Woodruff focused on human trafficking in the Northwoods.
There are several road passages running throughout Wisconsin.
"There's a corridor that goes from Milwaukee to Madison to Wausau and to tourist areas such as, Minocqua, Woodruff, Mercer. And now we're talking right about home," said Goessl.
Sister Celine will be speaking again on Saturday. The session starts at 9:30 in the morning, at Holy Family Church in Woodruff.
In February, there will be a two day conference on trafficking in Wisconsin. It will be held at the St. Anthony Spirituality Center in Marathon February 6 and 7.