The latest ICJIA report found that nationally, 33 residential programs operate exclusively to address sex trafficking victims. Two of those facilities operate in Illinois. The vast majority of the programs provide services mainly to female, minor victims of sex trafficking.
Almost a third of the residential programs are located in California and 28 states have no residential programs nor plans to open such facilities.
In order to address a national problem, it is important to have the knowledge of the extent of current services as well as their location. Once again, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is ahead of this important issue. The staff should be commended on its excellent work.
The full report may be found at http://icjia.state.il.us/public/pdf/ResearchReports/NSRHVST_101813.pdf
Lori G. Levin
Attorney at Law
180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601