WTVO/My Stateline: Representative Adam Kinzinger Hosts Human Trafficking Forum
"It's modern day slavery," said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). "Rockford... is number two in the state and Illinois is number eight in the country. The number one thing we can do to put an end to this is or put a dent in it is to make people aware of its existence and to recognize it."
Kinzinger says it's important to keep an eye out for potential victims.
Some markers could be someone with unexplained bruises, is in a controlling relationship, or keeps unusual hours.
He says we need remember that these people are victims.
"It's the users of these services, and it's the pimps that do this that are the real evil people in this," said Kinzinger. "And recognizing when that exists, and alerting the right people is the first step to making an impact."