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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

ChicagoCAC is committed to serving children who have been trafficked and every case we receive is reviewed for red flags of human trafficking. Earlier this month, our Human Trafficking Therapist, Courtney Bunn, MSW, LCSW, was interviewed for a story with Scripps News Network that was also picked up by ABC News Affiliates.

“That image that people have of somebody in chains, you know, tied to a bed, something like that, just isn’t the most common situation. More so what we’re seeing is somebody in close relationship [with the victim] being the facilitator of the exploitation,” Courtney said during her portion of the interview.

Courtney, along with representatives of the Salvation Army and Milwaukee-based non-profit, RUBIES, discussed the coercive nature of human trafficking and ways to prevent it.

If you suspect or know a child is a victim of human trafficking, please reach out to the Illinois DCFS Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-2873. DCFS is a part of ChicagoCAC’s Multi-Disciplinary Team working hard to get victims of child sexual abuse the justice and help they deserve.

You can watch the video below or read the article here for the full story.

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