Illinois businesses required to post hotline for victims of human trafficking

Feb 4, 2016

A new Illinois law aims to help victims of human trafficking. It requires certain businesses post information and a hotline number for suspected cases. 

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Human trafficking knows no boundaries.  It can include people from foreign countries as well as U.S. citizens. American girls who run away from home are more likely to become part of the sex trade. 

A national organization that runs the hotline says there were 122 human trafficking cases in Illinois reported last year.

"Illinois is a hot spot for potential human trafficking because of the intersecting interstates all through the Chicago-land area. It's modern-day slavery,"  Carol Merna,  executive director of the Center for the Prevention of Abuse, said.

 Locations required to post the hotline number include truck stops, airports, liquor stores and hospital emergency rooms.