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THE William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008

  • 50 Key Provisions Download report
  • Photograph of the signing today (December 23, 2008) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Social Service agencies in Illinois are mandated to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children when children go missing from their care. This of course does not include law enforcement. Between 2003 through 6/30/2008, the NCMEC received over 4,200 reports of missing children from Chicago alone (3,326 of which were African American children). 97% of the children reported were classified as endangered runaways.

In addition, information from NCMEC Exploited Child Division, which processes reports of child pornography and other forms of child sexual exploitation, cases have grown astronomically from 2005 (13) to 2007 (306). Studies tell us that only about 30% of incidences are reported. Children are silenced by fear and many adults still do not want to recognize, discuss, or find solutions for these heinous crimes against children.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

  • The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth in Illinois. Learn more.
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: What Do We Know and What Do We Do About It? Download report.
  • Who is There to Help Us? Download report.
  • Prostitution of Juveniles: Patterns From NIBRS. Learn more.


  • Deconstructing The Demand for Prostitution: Preliminary Insights From Interviews With Chicago Men Who Purchase Sex. New report.
    Learn what's being done in Chicago to fight the demand for prostitution! Visit www.stopsexualexploitation.com

Human Trafficking

  • The Realities of Human Trafficking in Cook County: Strategies for Ending the Exploitation of Women and Girls. Download report.
  • Domestic sex trafficking of Chicago women and girls. New report.

U.S. Department of State's office to monitor and combat trafficking

  • The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP), led by Ambassador Mark P. Lagon, provides the tools to combat trafficking in persons and assists in the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts both worldwide and domestically.

Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics

Alleged Incidents of Human Trafficking in the United States, 1-1-07 through 9-30-08.


  • The Intersystem Assessment on Prostitution in Chicago Learn more.
  • The Prostitution of Women and Girls in Metropolitan Chicago: A Preliminary Prevalence Report Download report.
  • Sisters Speak Out: The Lives and Needs of Prostituted Women in Chicago, A Research Study Learn more.

Youth Homelessness

  • Wherever I Can Lay My Head: Homeless Youth on Homelessness Learn more.
  • Unaccompanied Homeless Youth in Illinois: 2005 Download document (22.8MB pdf).
  • Youth on the Streets and on Their Own Learn more.