Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Did You Know?

March 25, 2014
Dear Friend,
Did you know that approximately 20,000 women and girls in Chicago are involved in the commercial sex trade every year? Child sex trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it is thriving in Illinois.
Join the fight to target gangs that target children.

Sex traffickers target young people with violence and manipulation to force victims into the sex industry. Organized crime is a major driver of sex trafficking. Gangs profit from the control and exploitation of children.
62% of women in the Chicago sex trade started before their 18th birthday.
My bill with Senator Cornyn, The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, would prosecute the whole Gang, or everyone involved in under-age sex trafficking.
With State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) we reviewed how our legislation will allow law enforcement to crack down on everyone in the chain of command: from the leadership to the pimps.
Senators Kirk and John Cornyn are joined by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to discuss the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act
As the first state in the union to ratify the 13th amendment, Illinois should lead the nation in putting an end to this modern-day slavery.

To learn more about this important issue, please visit my website.
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It is an honor to represent you in the Senate.
Very Truly Yours,

Mark Kirk
United States Senator

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