Since 2011, The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has investigated more than 600 allegations of child human trafficking in the state. According to a news release, most of the reports involved children being victimized within blocks of where they live.
The release says both boys and girls, many as young as 12, some younger, are victims. Anyone under the age of 18 involved in this crime is considered a victim.
The child may:
•Show signs of physical harm
•Become depressed, fearful or withdrawn