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STOP-IT Initiative Against Human Trafficking

Eliminating human trafficking by educating the community and working directly with suspected trafficked persons.

24-Hour Hotline

If you are in need of emergency assistance, please contact our 24-hour hotline at 877.606.3158.


Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year with 80% being women and children.

This form of modern-day enslavement exists all over the United States.

The Salvation Army declares war on human trafficking.

The Salvation Army is a leader in the fight against human trafficking. The STOP-IT program works directly with suspected trafficked persons (sexual and labor) no matter their age, race, gender or sexual orientation; including american citizens, permanent residents, documented and undocumented residents.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Sex trafficking is when a sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform the sex act is not 18 years or older. Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor services through the use of force, fraud or coercion for involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
Human trafficking is still prevalent in today’s society.

  • Approximately 27 million slave s across the world.
  • Approximately 800,000 – 900,000 people are trafficked across international border worldwide.

STOP-IT helps people leave their exploitive situation and
more forward in their lives by connecting them with resources:

  • Safe shelter
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Obtaining Identifying Documents (birth certificates, state IDs, etc.)
  • Medical and Legal Services
  • Transportation
  • Tattoo/Branding Removal
  • Education/Employment Skills

In addition to helping survivors leave their abusive situation, the program also operates a drop-in center for women and conducts training sessions for community members, law enforcement and professionals.

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Here are some indicators which suggest a person may be a victim of human trafficking:

  • Person is under the age of 18 and is involved in the sex industry.
  • Person has visible signs of abuse including unexplained bruises, black eyes, cuts or marks.
  • Person exhibits behaviors of fear, anxiety, depression or paranoia.
  • Person expresses interest in, or is in a relationship with, adults.
  • Person uses language from “the life,” such as referring to boyfriend as “Daddy.”
  • Person has a tattoo or brand and is reluctant to explain it.
  • Personal has untreated illnesses or infections, particularly sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Person is not in control of own money or identification.
  • Person displays secrecy of whereabouts.
  • Person keeps unusual hours.
  • Person wears new clothes, gets hair/nails done, possesses new material goods with no financial means to obtain these independently.
  • Person is truant or tardy from school.
  • Is the person accompanied by another person who seems controlling?
  • Does the person accompanying him/her insist on doing all the talking or providing information?
  • Do you see or detect physical abuse?
  • Does the person seem submissive or fearful?
  • Does the person have difficulty communicating because of a language or cultural barrier?
  • Does the person have any identification?

If you think you know or have met a victim of human trafficking in the Chicago area, call The Salvation Army’s STOP-IT program hotline at 877.606.3158. You will speak with an outreach worker who can provide further information and assistance. Your call is confidential.
Please note it is important to talk to a potential victim in a safe and confidential environment. Do not collect more info than you need to make a report. If needed, use a translator, but not the person who has accompanied the potential victim. Do not make promises you cannot keep, or try to rescue the person on your own.



In addition to calling The Salvation Army or the police when you suspect human trafficking, there are many other ways to help in the battle against trafficking.

  • Visit our website and Facebook page regularly and our partners’ pages.
  • Share the information you already have with friends and colleagues. Help us raise awareness by spreading the news.
  • Volunteer with our program. We need volunteers for our 24-hour hotline, drop-in center and more!
  • Sign up for a training session to learn more about trafficking, how to spot it and how to help survivors. Invite your neighbors, colleagues, family and friends!
  • Donate new or gently-used items that would be useful to those leaving the abusive situation. Items such as hygiene products, clothing, bus cards, fans and other household goods are most in need. Professional services (medical/dental visits, counseling, legal support and others) are also needed. Check out our Amazon wish list.
  • Shop for fair trade items and items made by survivors to help them earn a living wage to care for their families.


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