Human trafficking summit held in Edwardsville

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(KTVI) - Lawmakers gathered for a human trafficking summit in Edwardsville, Illinois Monday morning.

According to some estimates, human trafficking is a $9 billion a year industry that impacts 20-million-people world wide. Many of those victims are in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

The victims are forced to have sex for money and or forced to work for little or no pay.  This is a form of modern day slavery.  Most of the victims are women or young girls.  Some people refer to this as prostitution but many of them are forced to sell their bodies. The goal of Monday morning's summit was to give local people information that can help them recognize victims of human trafficking.

The summit was organized by U.S. representatives Rodney Davis and John Shimkus.

It is very important to remind people about this issue now because large events such as the upcoming baseball All- Star game in Minneapolis are big draws for human trafficking.


  • Emily Richey-Smith

    What a great article! Thank you so much for talking about this heinous crime, which is far too often swept under the rug. However, according to the International Labour Organization’s new report, human trafficking generates far more than $9 billion. The ILO estimates that it is closer to $150 billion, making it the fastest growing criminal enterprise, and one of the most profitable, second only to the drug trade. For information on how you can fight human trafficking, the Department of Health and Human Services operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline and they have great resources on their website.

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