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(740 ILCS 128/15)
Cause of action.
(a) A victim of the sex trade, involuntary servitude, or human trafficking may bring an action in civil court under this Act.
(a-1) A legal guardian, agent of the victim, court appointee, or, with the express written consent of the victim, organization that represents the interests of or serves victims may bring a cause of action on behalf of a victim. An action may also be brought by a government entity responsible for enforcing the laws of this State.
(b) A victim of the sex trade has a cause of action against a person or entity who:
(1) recruits, profits from, or maintains the victim
(2) intentionally abuses, as defined in Section 103
of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, or causes bodily harm, as defined in Section 11-0.1 of the Criminal Code of 2012, to a victim of the sex trade; or
(3) knowingly advertises or publishes advertisements
for purposes of recruitment into sex trade activity.
(b-1) A victim of involuntary servitude or human trafficking has a cause of action against any person or entity who knowingly subjects, attempts to subject, or engages in a conspiracy to subject the victim to involuntary servitude or human trafficking.
(c) This Section shall not be construed to create liability to any person or entity who provides goods or services to the general public, who also provides those goods or services to persons who would be liable under subsection (b) of this Section, absent a showing that the person or entity either:
(1) knowingly markets or provides its goods or
services primarily to persons or entities liable under subsection (b) of this Section;
(2) knowingly receives a higher level of compensation
from persons or entities liable under subsection (b) of this Section than it generally receives from customers; or
(3) supervises or exercises control over persons or
entities liable under subsection (b) of this Section.
(d) The standard of proof in any action brought under this Section is a preponderance of the evidence.
(Source: P.A. 100-939, eff. 1-1-19; 100-1156, eff. 12-19-18.)