Illinois ranks fifth in the nation for cases of human trafficking.
Public education efforts are underway for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services says it investigated 143 reports of trafficking last year, many of which were child victims.
Trafficking can happen with labor, but sex trafficking is a large component; Rockford is one of the state’s largest hubs for sex trafficking.
However, Veronica Resa, with DCFS, says incidents can occur just about anywhere.