MSNBC to Debut New Episode of SEX SLAVES: WINDY CITY, 4/7

MSNBC's investigative series that explores human trafficking is premiering a new episode on Sunday, April 7th at 10 P.M. EST. Hosted by TODAY's Natalie Morales, the series sheds a painful light on an issue that has lived too long in The Shadows of society. Next to drugs, human trafficking is now the second largest criminal activity both in America and internationally.

In this hour, producers document Cook County's Human Trafficking Task Force as they pursue the criminals that solicit young women and girls selling themselves on the streets of Chicago. Leading these efforts is State Attorney Anita Alvarez along with Cook County Sheriff and Chicago PD, who collaborate to identify and convict the criminals who exploit the vulnerable, including the homeless.

In one particularly heartbreaking moment, producers meet a grandmother whose drug addiction has led her to spend a lifetime selling herself on the streets of Chicago. The documentary also re-acquaints viewers with a woman prostitute who was featured in a previous episode. Before, she was seemingly at peace with "the life"- but this time, her anger boils over as she is clearly now worn down by prostitution....and worn out. The Illinois Supreme Court also granted MSNBC unprecedented access by allowing cameras into the courtroom of a Cook County special court led by Judge RoseMary Grant Higgins where women who have been exploited are given the opportunity to rehabilitate their lives, instead of serving time.

Sex Slaves: Windy City" was produced with Santoki Productions, producer Grace Kahng. For MSNBC: Michael Rubin is Vice President, Long Form Programming, Scott Hooker is Senior Executive Producer, Tim Smith is Senior Producer, Carrie Wysocki is director of production and Elizabeth Freedman is Associate Producer.

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