WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING? It is a multi billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people worldwide. This crime exists in every country, state, city and rural area. Labor and Sex Trafficking doesn’t only happen to people forced, lured or taken from their homeland but to U.S. citizens too.
This criminal act has one focus, GREED, while the victims share one fundamental life experience – loss of freedom.
LABOR TRAFFICKING : Agriculture, Domestic Servitude and Sweatshops
SEX TRAFFICKING: Prostitution, Strip Clubs, Escort Services and Pornography
Most important, if you see suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, workplace or anywhere else - REPORT IT! Call the National Hotline at 888-373-7888 or your local police.
The Illinois Women Religious Against Human Trafficking committee represents 11 religious congregations and lay women working together to bring about change in understanding the crime of human trafficking and assisting survivors. Together we pledge to work towards:
Prevention - educate, raise awareness, advocate
Protection - find housing for victims, provide personal items
Prosecution - advocate, support legislation for victims and against perpetrators
Stop Trafficking Newsletter
Federal court orders broad changes in how US detains and treats migrant children
Church Must Rid its Supply Chains From Slavery
"What if all Catholic parishes around the world were taught how to avoid products and services that have been connected to it and compelled labor?" Kevin Clarke, America Magazine, August 8, 2018
88% of Missing Sex Trafficked Kids Come from US Foster Care
GOOD NEWS: On April 8, Backpage a website of classified ads regarding child sex trafficking was shut down. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service Investigation Division and the U.S. Department of Child Exploitation and Obscenity have seized BACKPAGE and affiliated websites.
If you suspect human trafficking contact
National Human Trafficking HOTLINE: 1- 888-373-7888
Safe 2018: Third Global Conference on Human Trafficking
September 2 - 5, 2018
Palmer House, Chicago
Cost: $30 - $1,450
Register online now
International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference
(2017 - 34 states and 21 countries in attendance)
September 20-21, 2018
University of Toledo
Registration opens: June 1