Illinois State's Attorney to lead session at "IGNITE: Sparking Action Against Sex Trafficking" in March

Illinois State's Attorney to lead session at "IGNITE: Sparking Action Against Sex Trafficking" in March

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Illinois Assistant State’s Attorney Lou Longhitano of the Cook County Human Trafficking Unit will lead a session exclusively for law enforcement and criminal justice professionals at the "IGNITE: Sparking Action Against Sex Trafficking" conference in St. Louis March 2 – 4. Longhitano will educate them on ways to fight sex trafficking in their own communities.

Longhitano will present case studies to help police, FBI, HSI, DEA, SRO and ATF agents and prosecutors recognize and investigate human trafficking, idenitfy victims’ needs, team with service providers and victims’ advocates, and bring offenders to prosecution.

“We want law enforcement and prosecutors to know exactly how they can help,” said Molly Hackett, principal of Exchange Initiative, the social action organization organizing the conference. “Sex trafficking is an issue few people know about. Professionals on the front line can make a huge difference once they understand how to spot the signs and take action.”

The IGNITE conference will draw hundreds of attendees to St. Louis from March 2-4 for presentations, workshops and networking with noted experts in the fight against sex trafficking. IGNITE is presented by Exchange Initiative, a new social action organization launched by Nix Conference & Meeting Management, a company that has taken a lead in the fight to end sex trafficking at hotels.

For more information or to register for the IGNITE Conference, call (314) 645-6712 or visit

Anyone who suspects that a person may be a victim of sex trafficking should call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at (888) 373-7888, local law enforcement, or the U.S. Department of Justice trafficking hotline at (888) 428-7581.

Exchange Initiative combats child sex trafficking in hotels by empowering individuals and organizations with information, networking and real resources. For more information, call Molly Hackett at (314) 645-6712 or visit

Nix Conference & Meeting Management has led the charge among meeting planners worldwide to help end child sex trafficking in hotels. The company addresses the issue with management at every hotel where they do business. They also initiated and signed the first-ever Meeting Planners Code of Conduct with ECPAT-USA in 2012, and encourage their industry peers to do the same. Based in St. Louis, Nix manages meetings, conferences and trade shows for associations, religious organizations, businesses and nonprofits. Nix has managed events on four continents and in 17 countries since 1985. For more information on Nix, call (314) 645-1455 or visit

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