Eliminating human trafficking by educating the public on prevention, identification and response, and serving survivors.
If you are in need of emergency assistance, please contact our 24-hour hotline at 877.606.3158.
Between 40,200 human trafficking cases have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline since 2007.
This form of modern-day enslavement exists all over the United States.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Sex trafficking occurs when someone is induced, through the use of force, fraud or coercion to engage in a commercial sex act, or when the person who is induced to perform a commercial sex act is under the age of 18. Labor trafficking occurs when someone is recruited, harbored, transported, provided, or obtained, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, to work in situations of involuntary servitude, peonage, or debt bondage. These situations are far more common than imagined. Human trafficking happens in both legal visible spaces and in illicit and often stigmatized settings. It happens on our streets, at our businesses, and in our homes. It happens right here.
In addition to case management and the 24-hour hotline, STOP-IT operates a drop-in center in downtown Chicago for female-identified and non-binary people between the ages of 14 and 30 who have had to trade sex to survive; co-leads the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force; and conducts training for professionals serving vulnerable populations.
Here are some indicators which suggest a person may be a victim of human trafficking:
This list is not exhaustive. One of these indicators on its own may not mean someone is trafficked, but a combination of indicators may amount to a situation 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.
Do not try to remove someone from a dangerous situation on your own or bring them to your home or place of employment. This can be dangerous for yourself and for the survivor, should the trafficker become aware of your location. Instead, try to connect them to resources, only if and when it safe to do so.
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.