Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Big news coming from Illinois –
The Salvation Army Chicago has assisted in a case that resulted in the state’s first human trafficking conviction.
The victims, 17 and 18 year-old females, have received help from The Salvation Army’s STOP-IT (The Salvation Army’s Trafficking Outreach Program and Intervention Techniques) Program, which offers psychological and medical treatment, educational services and vocational training for victims of the sex trade. The offenders were convicted of Class I felony charges and each sentenced to several years in prison.
Illinois State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez thanked the STOP-IT Program for their assistance in this case and cooperation with other agencies. Read the full story at The Salvation Army Chicago’s blog here.
According to the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated minimum of 16,000-25,000 women and girls are victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Chicago every year. We hope this groundbreaking court decision is the first of many in bringing offenders to justice and helping restore the lives of exploited survivors.
The Salvation Army’s national website offers a wealth of information and tools to educate and equip people on the subject of trafficking, as well as what we’re doing to fight it. Under the “Programs That Help” tab, visit “Combating Human Trafficking,” or simply click here for a direct link.
To learn more about Chicago’s STOP-IT Program, visit www.usc.salvationarmy.org/stopit .
If this is a cause you’d like to get involved with, check out The Salvation Army’s “The Daily Cup” app for smart phones. It’s free and provides the latest info on social justice issues, including human trafficking. Download it here.