Stop Human Trafficking in Kane County, IL

Stop Human Trafficking in Kane County, IL

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and the fastest growing organized crime — and it happens right here in Kane County, IL.

The Family Violence Coordinating Council of the 16th and 23rd Judicial Circuits of Illinois is seeking the public’s help to prevent such crimes as part of January’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Human Trafficking is a crime that happens when someone is forced or manipulated into commercial sex or labor-and is on the rise in Illinois.

Traffickers use force, fraud, and coercion to make people do what they want them to do. This issue affects every community and spans across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds. 

Scroll down to learn more, as well as how you can report human trafficking here in Kane County, IL.

Types of Human Trafficking

  • Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the sex industry, including residential brothels, escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.This issue affects every community
  • Labor trafficking has been found in many different labor settings including domestic work, small businesses, large farms, and factories.
  • Child sex trafficking is a form of child abuse that occurs when a child under 18 is advertised, solicited or exploited through a commercial sex act.  A commercial sex act is any sex act where something of value – such as money, drugs or a place to stay – is given to or received by any person for sexual activity.  

Child Sex Trafficking Examples

  • Pimp-Controlled TraffickingChild is trafficked by an unrelated individual, male or female, who often develops an intentional relationship with the child which is later used as leverage in the exploitation.
  • Familial Trafficking — Child is trafficked by a relative or a person who is perceived by the child to be a family member such as individuals referred to as “auntie” or “uncle” but are not directly related to the child. 
  • Gang-Controlled TraffickingChild is trafficked by a member of a gang or trafficked by the gang.  Gangs leverage their organizational structure, violence, and local, national and international networks to instill fear and loyalty in the child victim.  

While any child can be targeted by a trafficker, research, data and survivor lived experience and expertise have revealed traffickers and buyers often target youth who lack strong support networks, have experienced violence in the past, are experiencing homelessness, or are marginalized by society.

Traffickers are masters of manipulation and prey upon vulnerabilities using psychological pressure and intimidation. Understanding the various forms of child sex trafficking and indicators can create opportunities for prevention, identification and response. 

Signs of Human Trafficking

Since human trafficking is often a crime that is hidden in plain sight, it is important to be aware of its warning signs. Some indications that a person may be a victim of human trafficking include:

  • Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse.
  • Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement.
  • Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction.
  • Lacking official identification documents.
  • Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions.
  • Working excessively long hours.
  • Appearing malnourished.
  • Living at place of employment.
  • Checking into hotels/motels with older males, and referring to those males as boyfriend or “daddy,” which is often street slang for pimp.
  • Poor physical or dental health.
  • Tattoos/ branding on the neck and/or lower back.
  • Untreated sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Small children serving in a family restaurant.
  • Security measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment – barbed wire inside of a fence, bars covering the insides of windows.
  • Not allowing people to go into public alone, or speak for themselves.

Impacts of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking can have devastating immediate and long-term consequences, including health impacts, psychological and physical trauma and even death.

Prevention and intervention are key to keeping these vulnerable people, especially our children, in the community safe.

What You Can Do

Learn the signs of human trafficking, and if you ever suspect trafficking, here are some actions you can take.

Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline

  • To report suspected human trafficking to Federal law enforcement: Call 1-866-347-2423
  • To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline:

Get Help Locally

To get help locally for sexual violence, contact:

Info Graphic: What Is Human Trafficking?

ABOUT THE IFVCC

Family Violence Coordinating Councils, at both the state and local/circuit levels, provide a forum to improve the institutional, professional and community response to family violence including child abuse, domestic abuse, and elder abuse. Councils provide professional education and prevention; coordinate interventions and services for victims and perpetrators; and contribute to both the improvement of the legal system and the administration of justice.

Initiated under the auspices of the Illinois Supreme Court in 1990, Illinois is one of the few states that has a systematically organized, statewide infrastructure that operates at both the state and local levels. Since the 1970’s, a comprehensive, coordinated approach to preventing family violence has been promoted as the most efficient and effective way to penetrate systems and mobilize them for the greatest change.

Annually, up to 15,000 professionals from across Illinois participate in trainings and council projects. These include family violence training and education of criminal justice and community professionals; development of criminal justice procedures, protocols, and services related to family violence; and the facilitation of coordinated community response to family violence in local areas. These Local Councils provide opportunities for communication between criminal justice professionals and community service providers as well as encourage the sharing of information and resources, thereby providing for development of a network of safety and assistance for family violence victims.

Chief and circuit judges convene and chair the 23 local councils in all 102 counties in Illinois which are composed of policy-level decision makers who represent agencies and services to help intervene and prevent family violence.

SOURCE: Family Violence Coordinating Council of the 16th and 23rd Judicial Circuits of Illinois