Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Sunday aimed at addressing human trafficking in Illinois.
The bill creates a task force that will make recommendations on curbing human trafficking. Task force members will include legislators, representatives from the Chicago Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and the Illinois State Police director.
The task force will present a report to the governor and Illinois General Assembly no later than June 30.
"Human trafficking is modern day slavery where people are put into forced labor which all too often involves forced sexual activity," Rauner said in a news release. "Human trafficking predators prey on vulnerable people and we have to take action to help protect them, because no one should endure this pain. Signing this bill and creating this Task Force is an important step in combatting this issue head on."
Bill sponsor Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) added: "Modern slavery is a reality -- and today, it takes the form of sexual exploitation."
"In the past nine years, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center has identified nearly 30,000 trafficking victims," she noted. "Those numbers are absolutely unacceptable in our communities. My goal in creating this Task Force is to take an active step toward ending the cycle of sexual abuse of children and adults across the state."