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Nearly 150 years have passed since Congress ratified the 13th Amendment. Yet a modern form of slavery still plagues our nation and world.

Today, it is estimated that 21 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.

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The FBI arrested 150 people across the United States, including one in Chicago, for holding children against their will for prostitution, a three-day weekend sweep that officials on Monday called the largest-ever operation of its kind.

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A Chicago man found guilty in a sex trafficking ring in Sioux Falls has been sentenced to three life terms in prison.

Carl Campbell, 35, was sentenced Thursday for knowingly and intentionally recruiting minors and adults to a sex trafficking operation.

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A man previously convicted of sex trafficking in Cook County has been charged again, this time for allegedly kidnapping a Minnesota woman and bringing her to Chicago to work in the sex trade.

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Sex trade not only an issue abroad

Monday, 20 May 2013 15:00

 The release of kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight marks a grave recognition of sex slaves in the modern world. While all three women were held captive and locked in chains for a decade or more, countless others must submit to the hate-fueled world of human trafficking.

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For six years, the young woman worked faithfully as a nanny for a well-off Elgin couple who took away her identification and passport after luring her to the United States with promises too good to be true.

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If you’ve recently been stuck in traffic behind a CTA bus, you might have noticed one of several public service ads created by the End Demand Illinois campaign. The posters, designed to raise awareness about human trafficking and prostitution, bear a variety of messages, including one that reads: “Sex trafficking? Not in the second city.”

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The face of human trafficking

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 19:27

Shandra Woworuntu once paid $3,000 to a broker expecting to get a job in a Chicago hotel and her ticket to the American dream. Instead, the then 25-year-old from Indonesia got sold into prostitution, literal sexual slavery.

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The Chicago Shakespeare Theater's upcoming production of Roadkill promises to be an experience unlike any other. The website warns that the play will take place “off-site.” Theatregoers will board a bus with the actors to a run-down apartment, where the rest of the story takes place.

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Authorities identified Keith Williams, 52, as the alleged ringleader and said that he, Roman Kurek, 49, and Sylvia Topolewski, 37, were charged with involuntary servitude and sex trafficking. The three lived at the same Schiller Park residence.

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