Rockford Register Star: Our View: Adam Kinzinger bill a good step toward helping survivors of human trafficking

When you hear “human trafficking” you think of little girls being abused in countries far away from the United States. Not so. Human trafficking – prostitution, the sex trade, human slavery – is taking place in all 50 states and is a critical issue in Illinois and the city of Rockford. Illinois is ranked fifth nationally, and Rockford is ranked second in Illinois for human trafficking. U.S. Rep Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, is aware of the magnitude of the issue and, along with Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, introduced legislation that would help health care professionals identify and help victims of human trafficking. “Training health care professionals, and in particular emergency room personnel, is an essential step in reaching survivors of human trafficking,” said Jennifer Cacciapaglia, president of Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.