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001Bush007cRSPRINGFIELD - Illinois faces a critical shortage of services for survivors of human trafficking. In fact, Illinois only has 12 beds for women and girls who have been exploited.

State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is co-sponsoring a proposal that would help fund specialized services for victims of this horrific crime.

The proposal calls for the creation of a fund managed by the Department of Human Services, from which grants would be made for the creation and support of services for prostituted and trafficked women and children.

“It is our duty to help people who have survived such horrible crimes,” Bush said. “This funding stream gives us the resources to help them rebuild their lives.”

The funds would be collected from fines already administered in judgments against pimps, traffickers and people who attempt to buy sex. Funds could also be collected through forfeitures and impoundment proceedings.

The funds collected will help survivors obtain resources such as safe houses, drop-in centers and counseling.

“This proposal uses the fines paid by criminals who sexually exploit people to help their victims recover,” Bush said. “I can’t think of a better method of justice than that.”

The bill, Senate Bill 3558, passed out of the Criminal Law Committee yesterday and now moves to the full Senate.

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