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  • Someone holds your Visa, I.D., Passport or immigration papers.
  • An employer or someone else takes part of the money you earn.
  • A boss or employer threatens to deport you if you report your working conditions.
  • You are intentionally isolated from friends or family.
  • You don't have access to a clean, safe work environment.
  • Someone threatens to post photos or videos on social media of you if you do not follow orders.
  • You cannot leave work at the end of the day.
  • You are forced to have sex in exchange for money or goods.
  • You are not paid what you were promised.
  • You cannot look for a new job freely and without fear.

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Office of Labor Standards

As an employee, you have rights. Learn more at the City’s Office of Labor Standards website

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Domestic Workers Have Rights

Domestic workers can be extremely vulnerable to exploitation due to isolation and employers being private households. To learn more about your rights as a domestic worker, visit the City’s Your Home is Someone’s Workplace campaign.

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Cook County

Human Trafficking Task Force

In Cook County, partners across government agencies come together with community-based organizations to improve response to cases of human trafficking. Learn more here.