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Prostitute or Trafficking Victim — What’s the Difference in IL?

Human trafficking is a horrifying thing and years of advocacy and efforts to increase the public’s awareness of the problem have finally made it an issue that has captured people’s attention.

Still, there is some confusion about what difference there is legally between a sex trafficking victim and a prostitute.

If you’re unsure, then read on to find out more about the difference between trafficking and prostitution in Illinois, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and how trafficking victims can have [...]

Prostitution Stings Net Arrests – But Do They Violate Rights?

This past March was a busy month for the Romeoville police force. Local police conducted a prostitution sting between March 20 and 27, arresting 20 men for soliciting a prostitute during the process.

 

To attract solicitors, the police set up an advertisement for prostitution online. “We try to do this every couple years,” police Commander John Ferdinardo explained to reporters from the Chicago Tribune.

 

Officers set up their investigation in the 1200 block of Lakeview Drive, where [...]

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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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