Illinois generates the 5th highest numbers of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, primarily because of the I-90 corridor and hotel infrastructure located in this region to support a tracking hub area. Currently, there are less than 25 beds with specialized programs in the entire State of Illinois to help these women.
The number one goal of the Refuge for Women program to help a victim of human trafficking is to find the person safe housing and offer them a 3 phase, 12 month faith based healing and rehabilitation program. Refuge for Women currently has shelters in Kentucky and Nevada and has plans to provide at least one shelter in Illinois because of the growing numbers of women affected by sexual exploitation in our State.
For more information about the Refuge for Women program or to make a donation, please contact their Carpentersville office at 708-380-7419, or you can visit their website at www.refugeforwomen.org.
_Judy Martini is community outreach/Fox Lake office Legislative Aide for Rep. Barbara Wheeler.