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Press Release: Chicago’s First Overnight Drop-In Center for Sex Trafficking Victims Opens

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Traffick Free Opens Center for Females in Commercial Sexual Exploitation Traffick Free, a nonprofit organization providing tools and programs to combat human trafficking, opened Chicago’s first low-demand overnight drop-in center for victims of sex trafficking last month. The drop-in center offers female-identified persons age 18 and older the opportunity to temporarily remove

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How to End Human Trafficking Today

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Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and here at Traffick Free, we’re in it to end exploitation and we need your help. While the task at hand is difficult, here’s what you can do today to end human trafficking: Know your enemy. Read well researched books, watch credible documentaries and always follow up what

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New Illinois Laws Protect Domestic Workers

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by Cassidy Welter Labor trafficking occurs throughout the world as a less-often-talked-about form of slavery where traffickers use any number of tactics, including coercion, inflated interest rates for debt repayment or violence to force individuals to work against their will. As in sex trafficking, there are a number of populations who may be at a

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How the Brazilian Reproductive Health Crisis Impacts Trafficking

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by Cassidy Welter In our first article on the Rio Olympics, we talked about the nature of sex tourism and how many people who otherwise would not, will engage in commercial sex tourism while traveling – especially when prostitution is legal in Brazil. It is important to note that Zika is sexually transmittable. Women who

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Sex Trafficking at the Olympics in Rio

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by Cassidy Welter The Opening Ceremonies on August 5th marked the official start to the largest sporting competition in the world, the Summer Olympics. Hundreds of thousands of spectators, commentators, and athletes are expected to pour into Brazil, bringing with them billions of dollars to spend in a nation embroiled in the one of the

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The Erosion of Personhood

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By Evy Yeager Since I started writing about human trafficking, the most common response I hear goes something like this: “I would love to be part of that work, but I have no idea how I could help.” It strikes people as a worthy and compelling cause, but one whose advocacy work is difficult to

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The Value of Prostitution

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By Danielle Morales-Klima To use a popular understatement, sex sells. In 2002, police in Oakland, California investigated a case involving 218 minors between the ages of 11 to 15 under the control of 155 pimps. The girls were forced to meet a minimum quota of $500 a day, which was then taken from them by

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The Invisible Emergency

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By Evy Yeager I was lucky. As an adult recovering from PTSD that followed childhood sexual abuse, I had several supportive friends and family members, a therapist who specialized in trauma, and a stable home even when I could not function steadily enough to earn consistent income. I would enter my therapist’s office with a

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Events, Grassroots Activism for Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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By Danielle Morales-Klima With these words, just over four years ago, our own Chicago-based president declared January the month in which we raise awareness and forward the goals of ending modern slavery. In recognition, we at Traffick Free present to you a calendar of Chicagoland events as well as suggestions for what you personally can

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Have Yourself a Conscientious Little Christmas

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By Danielle Morales-Klima If you’re reading this post, you may already be aware that it is possible that there are still staggering estimates for slavery today, that it is cheap and disposable (or, as many advocates against sex trafficking explain it, reusable), and that this fact is woven so seamlessly and ubiquitously into modern life

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