Eliminating human trafficking by educating the community and working directly with suspected trafficked persons.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some indicators which suggest a person may be a victim of human trafficking:
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.