human trafficking

Illinois Near Top In Nation For Human Trafficking Cases

Jan 4, 2017
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Illinois ranks fifth in the nation for cases of human trafficking.

Public education efforts are underway for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services says it investigated 143 reports of trafficking last year, many of which were child victims. 

Trafficking can happen with labor, but sex trafficking is a large component; Rockford is one of the state’s largest hubs for sex trafficking. 

However, Veronica Resa, with DCFS, says incidents can occur just about anywhere.

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A new Illinois law requires certain businesses post a human trafficking hotline number in their establishment.

       

It's designed to increase the awareness of resources to help victims.

Carol Merna is the executive director of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse, located in Peoria.

She says Illinois is a "hot spot" for human trafficking. Many victims of what has been called “modern-day slavery” are U.S. citizens.

Campaign Against Human Trafficking Grows

Jan 27, 2014

January is human trafficking awareness month. In Illinois, advocates continue to raise awareness in hopes of preventing such activity.