Posts tagged "sex trafficking"

Man who forced immigrants into prostitution sentenced to life in prison

Man who forced immigrants into prostitution sentenced to life in prison
Their nightmare dragged on for more than two years. The undocumented women from Eastern Europe were brought to the Chicago area where they were later beaten, branded and forced into prostitution. The man responsible for the scheme, Alex Campbell, was sentenced Monday to life without parole in a federal prison and to pay $124,000 in... Read more »

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward

Closing time in Springfield: Human trafficking bill passes, foreclosure fraud and criminal records bills stall; campaign finance and early release bills moving forward
Lawmakers in Springfield have their hands full this week as they wrap up the spring session. Designing a new budget, crafting pension and Medicaid reform and a compromise on gambling legislation are all topics that have seized headlines in recent weeks and months. During that time, The Chicago Reporter has had its eye on a... Read more »

What's up this week: State lawmakers tackle sex trafficking; indicted state pol heads back to work; speed cameras and trust funds

What's up this week: State lawmakers tackle sex trafficking; indicted state pol heads back to work; speed cameras and trust funds
Here’s a preview of what’s on the political agenda this week: The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield on April 17. The Chicago Reporter will be watching out for a few things: The Senate’s Criminal Law Committee, slated to meet on April 18 in Springfield, will take a look at changes to the wording of... Read more »
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Illinois legislation takes on sex trafficking, but dangers remain

A bill unanimously passed in the Illinois State House last week could make it easier to charge and convict cases of sex trafficking. But victims would still need to come forward and take the dangerous step of identifying the trafficker. Sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, HB 5278 eases requirements for convicting traffickers by broadening... Read more »