Sunlight Project

The Sunlight Project of Fourth Presbyterian Church seeks to raise awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of Chicago children and to end it through education, advocacy, and action.

Contact Vicky Curtiss (312.981.3598) if you are interested in joining the Sunlight Project mission group.

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About the Project

Every year, as many as 2.8 million children run away in the United States. Within 48 hours, about one-third are recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Other children in foreign countries—often teenage girls—are transported into the United States or into other countries specifically for prostitution. Worldwide, the numbers are astonishing: the global market for child trafficking reaches more than $12 billion per year, with some 1.2 million child victims.

The Sunlight Project of Fourth Presbyterian Church has joined efforts to end these crimes. The Sunlight Project supports agencies that work with at-risk youths and raises awareness about child sex trafficking in Chicago, as well as new legislation and other efforts to combat this crime.

As people of faith, members of the Sunlight Project want to do as much as possible to bring healing to victims of child sex trafficking, help police and social services rescue those who are still trapped in this world of exploitation, and support law enforcement efforts that prosecute criminals and prevent these crimes from happening in the future.

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Sunlight Project Photos

A Vigil Remembering Victims and Survivors of Sex Trafficking | August 22, 2012

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Child Sex Trafficking Study Resources

Any sources without web links are available to borrow from the Women@Fourth Connect library by contacting Anne Ellis (312.981.3369).


Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves
   --Kevin Bales

The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today
   --Kevin Bales & Ron Soodalter

Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade
   --David Batstone

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
   --Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution
   --Jody Raphael

Caught in the Web: Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children
   from Online Predators

   --Julian Sher

Somebody’s Daughter: The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children
   and the Battle to Save Them

   --Julian Sher

Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children (A Call to Action)
   --Linda Smith

Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography
   --(eds.) Christine Stark & Rebecca Whisnant

Articles and Research

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth in Illinois
   --Jessica Ashley, IL Criminal Justice Information Authority

The John Next Door
   --Leslie Bennetts, Newsweek, July 25, 2011

The Realities of Human Trafficking in Cook County: Strategies for Ending the Exploitation of Women and Girls
   --Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues

Advancing a Human Rights Based Approach to Addressing Human Trafficking
   --Rev. Noelle Damico, March 18, 2009,
      Keynote for the Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference

Deconstructing the Demand for Prostitution: Preliminary Insights from Interviews
   with Chicago Men Who Purchase Sex
   --Rachel Durchslag & Samir Goswami,
      Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, May 2008

Joining the Battle Against Sexual Exploitation of Children (ECPAT-USA)
   (Horizons Magazine, March/April 2010)
   --Sara Friedman

Buying Sex: A Survey of Men in Chicago
   --Samir Goswami, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Gearing Up
   --Angelica Herrera

Sex-Trafficking Bust
   --Rummana Hussain & Mitch Dudek, Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 25, 2011

First Conviction of Human Trafficking Initiative
   --Gailann Jarocki, February 10, 2011

Collateral Damage: The Impact of Anti-Trafficking Measures on Human Rights
   around the World

   --Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Shackles in Our Midst: How to Recognize Trafficking
   (Horizons Magazine, March/April 2010)
   --Kacie MacDonald

Allegations Link U.S. Companies to Brazilian Sex Tourism
   --Barry Meier

Why They Run: An In-Depth Look at America’s Runaway Youth
   --National Runaway Switchboard, May 2010

UN Human Rights Council Report Submitted by the Special Rapporteur on
   trafficking in persons, especially women and children

   --Joy Ngozi Ezeilo

Domestic Sex Trafficking of Chicago Women and Girls
   --Jody Raphael, DePaul University of Law, and Jessica Ashley, Illinois Criminal
      Justice Information Authority, May 2008

Interviews with Five Ex-Pimps in Chicago
   --Jody Raphael, DePaul University of Law, and Brenda Myers-Powell,       Dreamcatcher Foundation

Sisters Speak Out: The Lives and Needs of Prostituted Women in Chicago
   --Jody Raphael & Deborah Shapiro, Center for Impact Research

Sex Trafficking of Women in the United States
   --Janice Raymond & Donna Hughes, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking:
   America’s Prostituted Children

   --Shared Hope International, May 2009

The Intersystem Assessment on Prostitution in Chicago
   --Emily Sweet, Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence

Pathways into and out of Commercial Sexual Victimization of Children:    Understanding and Responding to Sexually Exploited Teens
   --Linda Williams & Mary Frederick, Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology,
      University of MA

Additional Resources

The Abolitionist Church Handbook
   --Not For Sale, 2007

Demand Change: 10 Actions X 10 Issues = 100 Steps Towards Ending
   Sexual Exploitation
   --Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

Engaging Protestant Communities in Ending Sexual Exploitation:
   A Toolkit and Resource Guide
   --Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, 2010

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For more information about the Sunlight Project,
please contact Nancy Davis (312.274.3815).