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What is trafficking?

Human trafficking, a grave contemporary human rights violation, is characterized by the economic exploitation of an individual through force, fraud, or coercion (Trafficking Victims Protection Act [TVPA], 2000; United Nations, 2000).

How big is the issue in Chicago?

16,000 to 25,000 women and girls are trafficked in Chicago annually, with one third of them first getting trafficked by the age of 15 years, and 62% by the age of 18 years.

Doesn’t this just happen abroad or aren’t only foreign-born people trafficked?

No, Over 50% of all victims in human trafficking incidents reported to the NHTRC are U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPR).

 
 

How can I help change this situation in my city?

You can join the coalition by 1) Volunteering to serve with any talent you have, 2) Donating to the cause, or 3) by becoming a partner organization.

How can I donate?

You can either donate online here or you can send a check to: Salt and Light Coalition 222 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 suite 300

 
 
 
 
 

25,000 WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE TRAFFICKED IN CHICAGO ANNUALLY, WITH ONE THIRD OF THEM FIRST GETTING TRAFFICKED BY THE AGE OF 15 YEARS, AND 62% BY THE AGE OF 18 YEARS.

 
 

Over 50% of all victims in human trafficking incidents are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

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Chicago ranks third in the country for the highest levels of human trafficking.

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IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 175,000 DIFFERENT JOHNS IN CHICAGO BUY SEX FROM WOMEN AND GIRLS IN PROSTITUTION EVERY YEAR.

 

1 out of 3 children who run away from home will be lured into forced prostitution within 48 hours. 

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IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE 4,400 STREET PROSTITUTES ACTIVE IN CHICAGO IN AN AVERAGE WEEK.

AFTERMATH:
70% OF SURVIVORS OF TRAFFICKING SUFFER FROM PTSD.

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