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10 Steps YOU Can Take to Curtail Human Trafficking

1. Help end demand by using the tool kits available from the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE).

2. Encourage your local high school to incorporate CAASE's education program for young men.

3. Encourage local social service agencies to be trained on human trafficking. Information is available through The International Organization for Adolescents.

4. Support fundraising efforts of direct service organizations working against trafficking.

5. Monitor pending legislation on this issue. Tell your elected officials officials what you think.

6. Encourage law enforcement to screen prostituted people for trafficking and offer supportive services as an alternative to jail/arrest.

7. Encourage companies you do business with to create and enforce anti-slavery policies. For example, see the US Dept. of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor.

8. Support an individual victim by sponsoring a Salvation Army STOP-IT program client (contact info below).

9. Contact journalists to write stories on the issue.

10. Ask your local police what they are doing to combat human trafficking.

Useful Links for More Information about Human Trafficking

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph--located in La Grange Park, IL, offer volunteer opportunities

Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force 1-page Fact Sheet

End Demand Illinois Campaign--a program of CAASE, ability to sign up to receive action alerts

The International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)

The Polaris Project--confidential hotline to report trafficking, also other resources

The Salvation Army STOP-IT program--note the wish list!

The Salvation Army has additional programs dealing with trafficking in Illinois and nationally. See them here