Human Trafficking

The Department of Homeland Security/Blue Campaign defines human trafficking this way: “Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including here in the United States.”

Click here to watch a short video on the definition of human trafficking.   

Human Trafficking is happening around the world, in the United States, and in Illinois!

  • Human trafficking is the world’s SECOND-largest criminal enterprise, after drugs. It has now surpassed weapons. (Source: U.S. State Department)
  • The average age a child is trafficked into the commercial sex trade is between 11 and 13 for boys and 12-14 for girls. (Source: ECPAT-USA)
  • In 2022, Illinois ranked 8th in the top 10 nationwide in human trafficking cases. (Source: Nation Human Trafficking Hotline)
  • 46% of minor trafficking victims know their trafficker. (Source: AATN)
  • 2022 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons notes that males (including boys and men) account for 40% of all identified victims of human trafficking. (Source: UNODC)


Learn about the warning signs of human trafficking and know where to report it at https://humantraffickinghotline.org/human-trafficking/recognizing-signs

Wondering what you can do to stop human trafficking?

     You can learn about human trafficking and we can work together to educate and raise awareness about this horrific crime. Together, we can provide prevention education to our youth before traffickers reach them. Learn about grooming and online grooming by clicking here.  Learn about keeping children safe while using the internet. Find out about internet safety at https://internetsafety101.org/grooming

If You Suspect Human Trafficking
Anywhere In The United States…

Call The National Human Trafficking Hotline:
1-888-373-7888
Or… TXT Help Or Info To BEFREE (233733)