Exploitation and Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking at Home

Labor Trafficking of Domestic Workers


Human trafficking exists when someone is compelled by force, fraud, and/or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex and/or forced labor.

Domestic workers often face labor conditions that are indicators of a severe form of exploitation: human trafficking.  If you have experienced these forms of abuse and/or exploitation at the hands of your employer, you are entitled to help regardless of your age, race, or immigration status:

  • Threats of abuse/violence
  • Threats to harm family
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Restricted movement
  • Constant supervision
  • Change of promised job duties
  • Lack of pay or severely underpaid
  • Threats of deportation
  • Withholding identification documents (e.g. passport, visa, ID)
  • Abusive labor conditions

Exploitation and Human Trafficking - Spanish


People can be forced, tricked or persuaded to work in a variety of venues, including in private homes as a domestic servant.


Need Help?

If you would like help leaving your abusive employment situation, reporting your employer to the police, immigration assistance, and/or services to help you heal and recover from the trauma of exploitation, the following organizations provide free and confidential services in Chicago:

Heartland Human Care Services

Freedom from Trafficking program

Call: 312.662.6185 or email: sghias@heartlandalliance.org

The Salvation Army

STOP IT Program

Toll free hotline available 24/7: 877.606.3158


Free legal assistance

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Email: veronica@caase.org


Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

Call: 312-985-4105


Legal Aid Chicago

Call: 312.341.1070



Call: 312.408.1210


National Immigrant Justice Center

Call: 312.660.1370



You can also call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1.888.373.7888 or text 233733. It is free and confidential. The Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in over 100 languages