Sex traffickers can brand their victims – often underage girls – like a piece of property. The children who are rescued can get help having their tattoos removed, under a bill which has passed the Illinois House.  Current law, juveniles who are under 18 cannot enter a tattoo parlor to have a tattoo removed,” said the sponsor, State Rep. John Anthony (R-Plainfield).

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“They’re involved in the sex trafficking industry, in which, in Illinois, last year, 30,000 people passed through here; 20,000 of those are under 18.”  The legislation allows a juvenile to enter a tattoo parlor to have a tattoo removed. H.B. 5858 passed the House, 113-0.

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