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Category: Involuntary Servitude

How “Job Placement Fees” Can Equate to IL Involuntary Servitude

One of the great benefits of capitalism is that people are guaranteed pay for the work they do. The US has one of the most robust economies in the world, along with a high standard of living.

These factors combined make the US, and particularly large cities like Chicago, attractive to immigrants.

That said, because many migrant workers don’t have any resources in the US, they are vulnerable to exploitation.

Involuntary Servitude and Immigrants in Illinois

Involuntary servitude is the [...]

Hundreds Arrested in Nationwide Sex-Trafficking Bust

In 2015, the Illinois’ Cook County Sheriff’s Department launched a nationwide sex-trafficking string operation that comprised of 70 jurisdictions in 17 states, including Illinois, Arizona, and Nevada. This year’s installment is the largest thus far since the operation first started in 2011.

 

 Officials also recovered 54 women and 14 juvenile sex-trafficking victims nationwide, taking them into custody mental with health, drug abuse, and domestic abuse rehabilitation services.

 

Many of these sex-trafficking and involuntary servitude crimes were discovered on [...]

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Half a Million Illinois Cannabis Cases Expunged

Expungement | Marijuana

The legalization of marijuana in Illinois has led to some amazing things for residents of the state. Chief among them? Thousands of cannabis offenders who have had their records expunged due to marijuana’s legalization in the state.

WGN has reported that Governor Pritzker recently announced that almost 500,000 criminal cannabis cases are now eligible for expungement and forgiveness.

Illinois’ governor issued a pardon for nearly 10,000 cannabis convictions while the State Police wiped the records clean of 492,000 non-felony cannabis [...]

Human Trafficking in Illinois — It Isn’t Always About Sex

Human Trafficking | Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

When many people think of human trafficking, they automatically think of sex trafficking. While it is true that sex trafficking is a big problem, human trafficking isn’t always about sex, sometimes it’s about labor.

Recently, a woman in the Chicago suburbs pled guilty to labor trafficking. She helped several people from Central America to enter the country, but once they were there, they had to stay and work in her home until the debt to get them here was paid.[...]

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