Human Trafficking

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6:19 am
Fri February 14, 2014

US Senator Portman To Lead Trafficking Forum In Dayton

It’s estimated that more than 1,000 in Ohio are victims of sex-trafficking each year.  300,000 children nationwide are considered to be at high risk. Those numbers are galvanizing politicians, police agencies and other organizations to raise awareness about the war on human trafficking.

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Statewide News
12:58 am
Thu October 17, 2013

State Agencies Join with Child Advocacy Network

ODJFS Director Michael Colbert
Credit Jerry Kenney

On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the creation of a network of first responders that will assist victims of human trafficking. to do that, the state will work with the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers.

The announcement was made at Michael’s House in Fairborn – a place where abused children can get counseling, mental health and medical services, in a comforting environment. Michael’s House is one of 24 Children’s Advocacy Centers the state is now working with.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Ohio Reports 30 Human Trafficking Cases

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says local law enforcement agencies reported 30 human-trafficking cases in the state in the past year.

The numbers were released Thursday as part of a new Ohio law requiring local agencies to collect data on human trafficking cases and report it to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

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Statewide News
12:03 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Ohio House Approves Human Trafficking Legislation

Ohio lawmakers have approved a measure that increases penalties for human trafficking offenders and adds protections for victims.

The Ohio House unanimously endorsed the legislation Wednesday.

The bill says minors or developmentally disabled people should be considered victims of human trafficking if they're recruited or held captive to engage in sexual activities.

House Speaker William Batchelder says the legislation gives authorities the tools they need to crack down on traffickers. 

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Statewide News
12:06 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Ohio Plans Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

The state of Ohio is spending nearly $50,000 to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking.

Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday that the state is working with a Hudson public relations firm to develop a "multi-pronged outreach and education campaign" that is expected to be introduced before the end of the year.

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