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Reforming Illinois' Trafficking Law: Support HB 5278

Update: The bill passed in the Illinois House unanimously on March 27. Stay tuned for more information soon as it heads to the Senate.

End Demand Illinois is partnering with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to propose reform to our state’s human trafficking laws. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, an EDI partner, is leading the advocacy efforts in Springfield. The reforms make the law more effective by:

  • More closely reflecting the tactics used by human traffickers to cause harm, making it easier for prosecutors to build cases against these perpetrators.
  • Creating a statute of limitations that gives prosecutors more time to bring forward trafficking cases when the victims are minors.
  • Making it possible for more of the fines collected from johns to go to support services for survivors.

Learn more about the proposed legislation by downloading a full fact sheet here.

We will need your help in the coming weeks as this law is considered by the state legislature. Check back soon for more updates.

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The End Demand Illinois campaign is shifting law enforcement's attention to sex traffickers and people who buy sex, while proposing a network of support for survivors of the sex trade.

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