According to WBEZ thousands of girls and boys are trafficked into the sex trade each year in Chicago. World-wide, this number jumps to between 600,000 to 2 million children and young adults. Luckily, the tide may be beginning to ebb in Illinois. The state has decriminalized prostitution and then shifted law enforcement resources to catching the pimps who capture these vulnerable people. For more on that check my earlier post on International Chicago.
And now another great positive for Illinois, we are hosting Safe Conference. This international conference is bringing experts to the Chicagoland area to help devise better solutions and cooperation. It is survivor-focused showing how victims can have agency in their lives and help others. I wish the conference all the best.