“With 200+ Reported Human Trafficking Cases in Illinois, We Need to Do More,” says Congresswoman Robin Kelly
Matteson, IL – Recently, the National Human Trafficking Hotline released new data showing that 193 cases of human trafficking were reported in Illinois via the Hotline in 2017. The BeFree Textline also released data showing 9 reported cases in Illinois. Nationwide, more than 70 percent of human trafficking cases reported to the Hotline concern sex trafficking.
“With more than 200 reported cases of human trafficking in Illinois in 2017, it’s clear that we need to remain aggressive and vigilant in attacking this disgusting practice that treats people as commodities instead of as human beings,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. “I remain committed to working with everyone: survivors, advocates, policymakers and law enforcement, to find and advance real solutions to end human trafficking.”
In Congress, Congresswoman Kelly is the lead Democratic co-sponsor of the Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act (H.R. 3488). The legislation was introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and is also co-sponsored by Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18).
The Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to encourage a more victim-centered approach while working to reduce the demand for commercial sex. “This legislation is another important step that Congress can take right now to support those trafficked and reduce the demand that drives this disturbing practice,” added Congresswoman Kelly. “As we continue to address this crisis of modern-day slavery, we need to continue attacking the issue from all sides to end human trafficking once and for all.”
Earlier this year, Congress passed and the President signed the bipartisan Ensuring Girls Access to Education Act. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Congresswoman Kelly, aims to prevent girls from falling victim to human traffickers by keeping them in school.