Friday, February 26, 2010

Fighting Human Trafficking

More than of 100,000 U.S. children between the ages of 12 and 14 are exploited in the sex trade every year and now an initiative to combat modern day slavery in Illinois has come to the Stateline.

The International Organization for Adolescents held a public training to teach signs of human trafficking. Counselors, teachers, social workers and other members of the community took part in today's training to learn who's most at risk and the roles you can play to end human trafficking. Facilitators say trafficking comes in many forms such as child exploitation and sex & labor trafficking. Illinois has the fifth highest volume in the country for trafficking tips received by the federal government.

"The reason that we are one of the hubs is because clearly with the Chicago airports we've got international airports that has a lot of trafficking that's coming to and through our cities and suburbs, but also because we have huge farm industries were we know for a fact there are a signifact number of trafficking cases." said Shana Wills Executive Director of International Organization for Adolescents.

The most suspected areas for trafficking in the stateline are restaraunts and grocery stores.

For more information on trafficking or to report human trafficking call 1-888-3737-888.

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