Although numbers are vague, the crime of human trafficking presents a real challenge to law enforcement and welfare agencies, who have teamed up to try to raise awareness of troubled children who end up being manipulated or forced into prostitution.
Law enforcement officials have arrested 150 people across the U.S. for allegedly forcing children into prostitution, following a three-day effort said to be the most comprehensive of its kind in American history.
A couple from the Gresham neighborhood has been charged for the rape of two teenage girls and for forcing them to have sex with other men for money.
A 25-year-old man who pleaded guilty Friday to transporting a minor from Wisconsin to Illinois and forcing her to work as a prostitute faces up to life in prison for sex trafficking.
A 35-year-old man has been accused of forcing 12 girls into prostitution, and addicting them to heroin.
A 36-year-old man has been charged with holding a Crystal Lake woman against her will and forcing her into prostitution.