Statewide: Taking To The Streets To Fight Sex Trafficking; Trauma Therapy For The Homeless

Feb 7, 2019

Despite cold weather, dozens of volunteers bundle up and head out in Chicago neighborhoods to find young girls who are being trafficked for sex.  They are there to provide help for those who are looking for a way out.  Natalie Moore went along on a recent night in the Roseland neighborhood.  We'll hear what she learned.

Also, giving assistance to the homeless can go beyond food and shelter.  Mary Hansen focuses on a program that provides trauma therapy, which can get to the root problems that helpclead to homelessness. That and more this week.

* WBEZ's Natalie Moore goes along with volunteers as they combat sex trafficking in Chicago.

* Sean Crawford talks with United Way of Central Illinois President John Kelker about the 2-1-1 phone service.

* Mary Leonard of St. Louis Public Radio reports on efforts to have the Cahokia Mounds state historic site declared a national monument.

* Dusty Rhodes tells us how a Springfield teacher used a book turned into a movie as incentive to get her students to read.

* Mary Hansen reports on counseling being used to help the homeless, who often struggle with mental health issues brought on by traumatic events.    

* Daisy Contreras talks with the ACLU of Illinois about a recent analysis that found police traffic stops target black and Latino drivers at a higher rate than white motorists.

* Jonathon Ahl of Harvest Public Media explains what needs to happen to improve access to high speed internet in rural areas.

* Sam Dunklau focuses on the effort to raise the smoking age in Illinois to 21.


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