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In the past few decades, the sex industry has become easier to conceal, in part because of the internet. Back channels open pathways for anonymous transactions. Peoria Public Radio reports on one particular illicit business that's operating in many communities, including this one, in broad daylight.

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The Center for Prevention of Abuse is expanding its services to address the specific needs of victims of human trafficking.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A new advertising campaign is aiming to reduce human trafficking in Illinois and help victims reach out for help.

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The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from an Illinois sheriff who was ordered to stop threatening credit card companies doing business with classified ad website Backpage.com.  The justices let stand a lower court order that forbids Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart from contacting Visa and MasterCard to disrupt online sex ads linked to human trafficking.

Zoo Turns Blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Apr 6, 2016
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The two Triebel lion statues outside the Peoria Zoo are now donning blue ribbons in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Several child service organizations gathered at the zoo Wednesday to heighten public awareness about the often underreported crime.

Roy Harley is the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. Harvey invited attendees to wear blue ribbons throughout the month of April to spread awareness about child abuse and its devastating effects on children.

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

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.

According to the Justice Department, 300,000 children in the United States are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking. These victims could subjected to forced labor, domestic servitude or sexual exploitation.