Illinois

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Illinois. The NHTH works closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals in Illinois to serve victims and survivors of trafficking, respond to human trafficking cases, and share information and resources.

Learn more about human trafficking in Illinois by browsing the hotline statistics below.

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All Time Statistics (Since 2007)

Signals

The Human Trafficking Hotline has received 7,818 signals since its inception.

Hotline Call: 6,213
SMS Report: 740
Online Report: 616
Email Received: 137
Web Chat: 112

Cases

Since its inception, the Human Trafficking Hotline has identified 2,237 cases of human trafficking. 4,817 victims were identified in these cases.

Statistics by Year

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2021

Signals Received in 2021

929
signals were received by the Hotline in 2021 from Illinois.
336
signals received were from victims or survivors of human trafficking

How do contacts hear about the hotline?

It is helpful for us to learn how people hear about the Hotline so that we can strategically advertise to reach more victims and survivors. However, we are not always able to collect this information during every conversation. 

Ways the Hotline was Found

Referral
45

Internet
5

Training/Conference
3

Other
876

How do contacts reach the hotline?

People can contact the Hotline by phone, text, online chat, online form, and email. Most people contact us by phone or text.

Signal Types

Hotline Call
619

SMS Report
199

Online Report
54

Email Received
38

Web Chat
19

Cases Identified in 2021

243
cases were identified in 2021.
355
victims were involved in these cases. Cases can involve multiple victims.

What types of trafficking cases were reported?

The Hotline receives tips about situations involving sex trafficking, labor trafficking, sex & labor trafficking, as well as situations where the type of trafficking may be unknown or not specified. 

Types of Trafficking

Sex
177

Labor
27

Sex and Labor
15
Venues for Sex Trafficking

Illicit Massage/Spa Business
22

Residence-Based Commercial Sex
21

Pornography
18

Hotel/Motel-Based
14

Online Ad Venue Unknown
12

Escort/Delivery Service
4

Street-Based
4

Other
82
Venues for Labor Trafficking

Domestic Work
4

Restaurant/Food Service
3

Traveling Sales Crew
3

Other
17

What was the primary request in each case?

People contact the hotline to report a tip, request a referral, or reach out for crisis-related services such as immediate shelter or crisis response.

Requests on Human Trafficking Cases

Report a Trafficking Tip
161

Access Service Referrals
67

Request Crisis Assistance
15

Case Demographics

The Hotline only collects demographic information for victims and survivors in a trafficking situation when appropriate. These numbers are not cumulative as one case could involve multiple victims and survivors.

Ages
Not enough data available.
Genders

Females
195

Males
28

Gender Minorities
6
Citizenships

Foreign Nationals
26

US Citizen LPR
14
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2007-2014

Human Trafficking Hotline Statistics

50,123

signals were received by the Hotline in 2021. Includes calls, texts, and online chats and tips.

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