Althoff and McConnauhay Appointed to Human Trafficking Task Force

Press release from State Senators Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay:

From Senator Althoff:

Sen. Althoff appointed to the Human Trafficking Task Force

Pam Altholf

Pam Altholf

Springfield, IL. State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) is one of twelve Illinois legislators appointed to the newly created Human Trafficking Task Force.

The task force will look at how the State of Illinois can partner with agencies to combat human trafficking in Illinois. The task force will submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than June 30, 2017.

“Human trafficking is not a foreign issue, it’s an issue that lives in our neighborhoods and communities right here at home,” said Sen. Althoff.

“This modern day act of slavery targets the vulnerable.

“It could be your neighbor or your child who becomes a victim next. This task force looks to take action to help prevent that.”

The Human Trafficking Task Force was created under House Bill 2822 which was signed into law in August. The task force is comprised of twelve legislators (3 from each legislative caucus), a representative of the Chicago Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and the Director of the Illinois State Police.

The three appointees selected by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) include:

  • Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry)
  • Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-West Dundee)
  • Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon)

“I am honored to be one of the legislators selected to confront this growing problem,” said. Sen. Althoff. “Together, I hope to bring this heart-wrenching issue to light so we can effectively prevent more victims from being exploited.”

From Senator McConnaughay:

Karen McConnaughay.

Karen McConnaughay.

Last week, as part of my efforts to help eliminate human trafficking in Illinois, I attended Aurora University’s forum,“Human Trafficking, Global Problem, Local Impact.” A panel of government and not-for-profit experts gathered to discuss the growing issue of local human trafficking.

Here are some key points I’d like to share.

In the Chicago area, an estimated 15,000–25,000 women and children are victims of trafficking every year, according to Paul Baker, Aurora University.

Also, human traffickers have recently adopted social media as a recruitment tool. Predators may now pose as friends on social channels in order to obtain information or images, and potentially exhort them, according to Tara Smith, FBI.

Following the signature of my Human Trafficking Task Force bill, I am now working with the Governor to advance the goals and formation of a new statewide task force.


Althoff and McConnauhay Appointed to Human Trafficking Task Force — 4 Comments

  1. Thank you Senators Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay for leading the charge on this.

    Between yourselves and Congressman Hultgren we have some of the very best people serving McHenry County who are bringing this important issue to everyone’s attention.

    Thank You.

  2. House Bill 2822 (HB 2822) was signed into law as Public Act 99-0864 (PA 99-0864) by Governor Bruce Rauner on August 22, 2016.


    Various places of business (liquor stores, adult entertainment, airports, rail stations, bus stations, truck stops, emergency care, urgent care, farm laborer contractors, private job recruitment centers) must post the toll free hotline for victims of human trafficking.

    The penalty for not posting is $500 for the first offense, and $1,000 for subsequent offenses.

    That was Public Act 99-0099.


    The toll free 24 Hour National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline is 888-373-7888.

    Human trafficking includes sex and labor trafficking.


    The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) tip line is 866-347-2423.


    Some sex trafficking victims are in the public schools, because the criminals don’t want to draw attention as to why the victim is not in school during the day.


    Many sex slave victims appear a bit off as they are drugged up.


    Decades ago some workers were said to have lived in the basement of Timbers Restaurant in Woodstock, at the current location of Benoy Motors at Illinois Route 14 bypass and Illinois State Route 47.

  3. Glad to here there will be a local task force!

    Want an education on this subject?

    JOE TIRIO is hosting the documentary

    “The Abolitionists – A Mission to End Child Trafficking”

    Buy tickets online at this link below in order to get this documentary shown LOCALLY at Showplace in Crystal Lake!

    (NONE OF THE PROCEEDS BENEFIT HIM OR HIS CAMPAIGN.. It only enables the movie to be shown here once 100 tickets are sold)

    Part of the proceeds will go to the organization that does the work shown in the movie!

    If you can’t come, at least share the information so others will get a chance to see the trailers and perhaps contribute in some way.

    Follow the link below for more info, tickets and trailers.

  4. And yet the scammers who just keep calling and faxing people continues in this State a plenty…

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