Monthly Archives: September 2011

9 Arrested in Chicago Sex Trafficking Investigation

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Chicago gang members were arrested this week in a human trafficking ring selling girls as young as 12 years old. Girls were recruited on the CTA train and on Chicago’s streets, then drugged, threatened and beaten. This local issue is why Traffick Free exists. We urge you to keep your eyes open for this kind

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Gaining Ground In Fight Against Sex Trafficking

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This month, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act, allowing survivors of sex trafficking to clear their records for any prostitution convictions against them while in bondage of human trafficking. We commend our partners at CAASE for their End Demand Illinois campaign and efforts to make this happen.

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Hidden Labor, Sex Trade Alive In Wisconsin

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Human trafficking is being recognized as a huge problem in Wisconsin, as noted by task force detective Dawn Jones of the Milwaukee Police. Read this excellent in-depth article on specific examples of both sex and labor trafficking, including one woman’s story of recovery and hope, what human trafficking looks like in this area, what the

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Films Shed Light On Chicago’s Gritty Side

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Two recent documentaries showcase what “the life” looks like in Chicago and helps change perceptions of gangs and prostitution right here in Chicago. Read about what “The Interrupters” and “Prostitution: Leaving the Life” are all about and where you can find these films playing . http://tinyurl.com/42va26c

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From the Directors – September 2011

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August for many American friends and families means road trips in the car to fun getaways, enjoying time with loved ones. I recently was on one of these road trips, heading back to Chicago from a weekend with friends. We stopped to get gas at a nice clean gas station, and as I sat in

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