Human Trafficking Awareness Month 2023 FB

BUFFALO GROVE – During Human Trafficking Awareness Month and in her efforts to address the global epidemic of modern slavery, State Senator Adriane Johnson supports the local short film premiere of Lost N Found.

“Human trafficking is a vastly growing issue that is happening right now in our communities,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “It is an unfortunate crisis and we must amplify the concern and tell stories that demonstrate this harsh reality. I am proud to support Yashin’s efforts.”

Yashin “Inchworm” Phillips, director of the short film Lost N Found, captures the journey of a father being faced with the challenging circumstances of sex trafficking when an experience hits close to home. The film made its first premiere at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL this month.

“I am so blessed, so honored, and so grateful of the support that Senator Johnson has provided on this film,” said Phillips. “For her to see the potential in me, believe in the work that I’m doing, and push me to display it on a larger scale, it means a lot.”

In 2021 there were over 240 cases of human trafficking in the state of Illinois with over 350 victims involved. The vast majority of those victims were women, in which Phillips’ film demonstrates. Lost N Found will have its second premiere on Sunday February 5, at the Marcus Gurnee Cinema where two shows will be held at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be found online.

To learn more about human trafficking or to get help, call 1-888-373-7888 or visit