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Advocates see a rise in human trafficking during COVID-19 pandemic

ROCKFORD (WREX) — It’s a crime that happens online and behind closed doors. According to experts, human trafficking is expanding during COVID-19.
“In this environment where there’s more isolation and in fact business to online pornography sites have increased tremendously,” says Jennifer Cacciapaglia. “Anywhere from 40 to 70% depending on the site.”

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Likely trafficking survivor released on bond in homicide case

Kenosha County, WI — Chrystul Kizer is out of custody after a Chicago-based aid organization posted her $400,000 bond. Kizer, 19, was released from Kenosha County Jail on Monday afternoon. She has been in custody for two years, awaiting trial for the June 2018 shooting death of a man prosecutors admit had been sexually assaulting Kizer and other underage girls.


Area man accused of child sex crimes

A 30- year-old man from Decatur, Illinois has been indicted on child exploitation charges. The man is accused of enticement of a minor, attempted sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking of children. He was attempting to traffic a child under the age of 14. He used the internet and a cellphone to entice the minor to engage in sexual activity. The authorities say he acted like he was a 17-year old male while he was in contact with the minor.


3 Bloomington-Normal men charged in federal sex trafficking, child porn case

Three men in Bloomington, Illinois have been charged with sex trafficking and child pornography. These men are from the ages of 20-24. The investigation began in June and the Bloomington Police Department worked with the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Village Offers Human Trafficking 101 Presentation

The presentation will provide a basic understanding of human trafficking and how to identify a trafficking victim. The presenter, FBI Agent Carrie Landau, will discuss the psychology behind human trafficking, how traffickers gain and maintain their control and trends in recruiting.


Local advocates use a nationwide program to help prevent sexual exploitation in Rockford

The program is called “My Life My Choice” and is based out of Boston, MA. Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, located in IL, prevention program includes connecting young girls and women with survivors to help them better understand what do to if they are confronted with a sex trafficking situation.


Through Ameren Grant, CFPA Expands Human Trafficking Curriculum in Area High Schools

The Center for Prevention of Abuse announced in a Monday news release that the organization will expand its human trafficking prevention education curriculum in area IL high schools.


Round Lake Beach woman charged with sex trafficking

Undercover sheriff’s detectives communicated with 33-year-old Sheila Johnston, who then took a juvenile to a hotel in Waukegan, IL. where she met with an undercover detective posting as a customer. During the meeting, Johnston offered both herself and the juvenile for sexual acts for money, police said.


Convicted of human trafficking, former spa owner sentenced to 30 years

Rita Law of Chicago, IL sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday in a long-running sex trafficking case. Law ran two spas, Duneland Spa in Gary and Fun Fun Feet in Hobart, where she brought women from Asia to the spas and work as prostitutes, according to court documents.


DuPage County nonprofit opens home for victims of sex trafficking

& Shapiro, D.L. 2002), sex trafficking is the second most lucrative criminal enterprise in the United States.
The average age of entry into the life of trafficking is 12-14 years of age, and recruitment of these young girls and boys often happens through social media and online grooming tactics.