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Breakthrough Human Trafficking Operation: Chicago Man Arrested, Four Women Rescued

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Human trafficker apprehended after two-month investigation, turned in by one of his victims

The Illinois State Police revealed on Monday the culmination of a human trafficking investigation that led to the apprehension of a suspect and the liberation of at least four women.

Following an exhaustive two-month inquiry by the Illinois State Police (ISP) into human trafficking within Cook and DuPage counties, Heggie Carr, a 46-year-old Chicago resident, has been arrested. Carr now faces charges of two counts of involuntary servitude and two counts of trafficking persons, with authorities alleging he controlled the freedom of a minimum of four women.

The investigations into Carr commenced in late September after ISP agents received human trafficking allegations from a survivor who managed to escape servitude. The survivor's account, detailed in an ISP release, outlined the alleged crimes occurring in Cook and DuPage Counties.

Undercover surveillance at a Lombard hotel provided crucial evidence in identifying Carr as a suspect. Multiple women, including the initial survivor, were reportedly observed in situations "consistent with human trafficking and involuntary servitude," as stated by the police.

Carr was taken into custody by officers upon leaving the Lombard hotel. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at the hotel, resulting in the successful rescue of four female survivors, aged between 18 and 32. The operation also yielded additional evidence substantiating the human trafficking allegations.

Carr now faces legal charges and remains detained in the DuPage County Jail after being denied pre-trial release.

Law enforcement urges individuals who suspect human trafficking to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text *233733. Further information is available at Additionally, tips can be emailed to

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