Trafficking Survivor Now Helps Others

The Salvation Army - Marian Hatcher Story

My heart began to beat again December 22, 2017. Strange as I didn’t realize it had stopped. It may sound funny, but a simple text message had the ability to get my heart pumping, my feet jumping my voice shouting. “Merry Christmas! Just hung up with prisoner review board! It’s granted and will be announced today!” I know, you have no idea what this is all about. {smile} I’ll enlighten you….

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Human Trafficking Month: How You Can Combat Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, which calls attention to the fact that human trafficking is modern day slavery. Millions of men, women and children are forced to provide labor or perform sex acts against their will. Many victims are forced into these situations through fraud or coercion – often enticed with the promise of love, attention, clothing, housing, money and more. According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, human trafficking generates billions of dollars worldwide, second only to drug trafficking.

The Salvation Army’s STOP-IT program helps survivors of trafficking leave their detrimental situation and start a new life. Survivors receive help with rent, utilities and food, counseling, job search assistance, life skills, referrals to other resources and more.

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How One Illinois Congressman is Fighting Human Trafficking

Adam Kinzinger Illinois Representative IL-16

When someone says “human trafficking,” often times we view it as a problem far away from our shores that affects other people. It’s hard to imagine this modern day slavery is happening over here, hurting the people within our community each and every day. But the reality is just that: human trafficking is happening right here, right now. In Illinois, we have the 5th highest number of trafficking cases in the country, and Rockford is ranked second behind Chicago in human trafficking cases. This heinous crime affects all of us and we must work together to stop it.

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Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know

Human Trafficking Awareness Month - The Salvation Army

It seems every time we turn on the TV we are reminded that human trafficking and slavery still happens. We see it in dramatic plot lines: the young girl who is kidnapped and locked in a basement; the domestic worker who desperately pleads the first stranger he sees to rescue him. But as these images circulate, our impression of human trafficking becomes distorted. While these extreme scenarios do happen, they don’t reflect the most common forms of human trafficking.

With January’s designation as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we’re dedicated to increasing awareness about trafficking and what you can do to combat it with the help of STOP-IT, a program of The Salvation Army Family & Community Services.

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