The State of Illinois recently claimed a huge victory in the fight against human trafficking. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced on Monday that 10 human traffickers have pleaded guilty to prostituting girls and young women, ages 13 to 19, in the Chicago area.
Alvarez said, “It is a new day here in Chicago for defendants like these who would attempt to sell the sexual services of women and children on our streets.” We applaud Alvarez, and her team, on their continuous effort to fight human trafficking and the impact on the community.
The Salvation Army is also involved in the fight against human trafficking, partnering with the State’s Attorney Office. Our STOP-IT Program reaches out to current and surviving victims of human trafficking, building relationships and providing a host of services including safety planning; identifying stable housing; medical, mental health and dental care; tattoo/branding removal; education and job training; transportation; and more.
The STOP-IT program also provides training to raise awareness and help community members identify behaviors to help reduce human trafficking.