Bellock calls on community to come to human trafficking hearing
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) is inviting anyone interested in learning about Illinois' ongoing efforts to end human trafficking to a hearing on the latest work of the state's Human Trafficking Task Force, which Bellock helped establish through legislation in 2016, according to a press release.
The Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force will hold the hearing from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, at the College of DuPage in the Student Services Center, Room SSC2200.
“We are making strides to combat human trafficking in Illinois and protect future victims from falling prey,” Bellock said in her press release. “This next task force meeting is an opportunity to share the important work we’re doing here at the state level and what local residents need to know.”
The mission of the task force is to assist legislators and law enforcement to better target and stop forced sexual exploitation in Illinois. This meeting is to raise public awareness of the problem of human trafficking, the challenges of helping human trafficking victims to heal and ways to prevent sexual exploitation.
Speakers at the event include representatives of the Salvation Army’s “STOP-IT” initiative against human trafficking, the Heartland Alliance, the Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, the Illinois attorney general’s office; the Immigrant and Workers Rights Practice Group, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and the Illinois Department of Human Services Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking division.
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