Sex Trafficking in the Chicagoland Area - Blog

Date November 16, 2015
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— The Tragic Reality of Sex Trafficking — 

—> The average age of a girl forced into the sex trade in the U.S. is 13.

—> In 2008, 68% of trafficking victims that were reported were women.

—> Each year, up to 24,000 women and girls are exploited and sexually trafficked in the Chicagoland area.

—> There are a limited number of residential care programs, shelters, and services available to trafficking victims, and fewer with the capacity to appropriately treat the severity of their trauma.

— What Keeps Her There — 

Some of the ways women and girls are recruited into the sex trade are through Internet chat rooms, group homes, and by peers. The majority of victims are recruited into sex trafficking by someone they know. Often traffickers “court” vulnerable women by making them feel loved and special.

Traffickers use a variety of means to control victims, such as physically restraining them, holding them captive in locked rooms or facilities, controlling their money, isolating them from friends and family, and taking forms of identification.

Traffickers provoke feelings of fear, dependency, and helplessness in their victims. The constant threats and environment of fear prevent victims from leaving or seeking help. Traffickers may also use tattoos to “brand” their victims in order to label and further control them. 

— Resources — 

Books we recommend:

  • The White Umbrella by Mary Frances Bowley
  • Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloud

Organizations we partner with or recommend:

  • TraffickFree.org
  • WellspringLiving.org
  • A21.org
  • PolarisProject.org