Jesiel Appointed to Human Trafficking Task Force

Antioch, IL… A law signed last month by Governor Rauner created the Human Trafficking Task Force to study the growing impact that human-trafficking is having in Illinois and offer solutions by June of 2017 as to how the state of Illinois can strengthen its efforts to fight the problem and help its victims.  State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) has been leading the fight in Springfield to combat human exploitation and was the chief sponsor of the bill to create the task force, House Bill 2822.

 “I feel strongly about this issue, which is why I worked hard to get this task force created and I look forward to finding solutions by serving on it,” Rep. Jesiel said. “Right now there are lapses in Illinois' laws and practices that have left us with no set method on how to handle these victims who often have no family or support system. The task force will examine the ways that all levels of law enforcement and social services can work together to both help current victims and prevent new victims of this terrible crime.”

"Human trafficking” is a euphemism used to describe the forced movement or confinement of human beings.  Most, but not all, of the victims of human trafficking are girls or women, and most, but not all, are trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation.  The National Human Trafficking Resource Center, which operates a nationwide hotline (1-888-373-7888) to report cases of human trafficking, reports that since 2007 they have received 130,485 reports of human trafficking throughout the United States. In some cases, more than one person is being victimized. The Center further discloses that 3,646 cases of alleged human trafficking have been reported to it so far this year throughout the U.S., including 94 cases from Illinois, which is on pace to exceed last year’s 122 reported cases. 

The bill to create the task force was a major piece of legislation championed by Rep. Jesiel in her first term in the Illinois House of Representatives. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has appointed Rep. Jesiel, along with Representatives Barb Wheeler (R- Crystal Lake) and Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) to serve on the task force.