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Illinois Statistics

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, resources, and local events listings below.

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The statistics below are based on the contacts -- phone calls, texts, online chats, emails, and webforms -- received by the NHTH that reference Illinois. To protect the identity of the people we serve, the NHTH does not disclose exact statistics related to venues, industries, or caller information when referenced fewer than three times.


Total statistics from 12/7/07 to 12/31/2019.
Since 2007
Total Contacts: 6,578
Total Cases: 1,739
Total Victims - Moderate: 1,980
Cases categorized as “High” contain a high level of indicators of human trafficking. Cases coded as “Moderate” contain several indicators of human trafficking, or resemble common trafficking scenarios but lack core details of force, fraud, or coercion.
Total Victims - High: 2,057
2019 statistics are current as of 12/31/2019.


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NHTRC 2014 Illinois State Report

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Our Great Hobby: An Analysis of Online Networks for Buyers of Sex in Illinois

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From Victims to Victimizers; Interviews with 25 Ex-Pimps in Chicago

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Domestic Sex Trafficking of Chicago Women and Girls

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