Sex Trafficking | Residential Brothel

In November 2011 a woman in Chicago, IL was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking, involuntary servitude and pandering in a case that began as a call to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline.

In November 2011 a woman in Chicago, IL was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking, involuntary servitude and pandering in a case that began as a call to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline.

Many months earlier, the NHTRC received a call from an anonymous female who said that she wanted to report a residential brothel where six young girls were forced to engage in commercial sex for an abusive female controller and were threatened with deportation and violence if they refused to comply. She provided the address and phone numbers referenced in advertisements for the business that operated as a commercial-front brothel.

The caller was very uneasy and abruptly ended the call, but the NHTRC Call Specialists had obtained enough information to report the situation to the Chicago Human Trafficking Task Force.

With the information from the tip, officers found an advertisement in a Spanish newspaper offering potential customers "VIP fantasies" and seeking young girls for employment associated with the phone number that the caller had provided. A Spanish-speaking officer working undercover went to the brothel, which enabled the Task Force to build a case, eventually raid the residence, and find and arrest the controller.

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NB: These vignettes are representative of the types of calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. Names, identifying information, and case details have been changed to respect confidentiality and protect the individuals we serve.