On March 18, police executed a search warrant at a Canal Fulton
business for possible prostitution and human trafficking. Officers
searching the business found several women who appeared to be
living inside the building.
March 17, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to hold classified
ad website Backpage.com in civil contempt of Congress after it
did not comply with a subpoena to provide documents explaining
how it combats sex trafficking, amid allegations of facilitating
trafficking of minors.
On March 14, a Columbus man was sentenced to seven years in prison
for attempted trafficking in persons and one count of compelling
On February 29, the last of four defendants indicted together
on federal charges for a human trafficking ring that lured Guatemalan
migrants to work on Ohio egg farms has pleaded guilty.
During the month of February, the Ohio State Highway Patrol partnered
with the Indiana State Police and the Michigan State Police to
train and educate motor vehicle drivers, public transportation
companies, rest area attendants and truck stop employees to identify
and respond to human trafficking.
Oasis House, a nonprofit providing rehabilitation to trafficking
victims, and BE FREE Dayton, an organization providing education
and awareness programs, are merging in an effort to fight human
trafficking in the Miami Valley.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
5th Annual World Race for Hope 5k - A Charity Run/Walk for Freedom
April 9, 10am @ Scioto Audubon Metro Mark, 400 W. Whittier St.,
Free To Run Foundation is hosting its 5th annual 5k to raise awareness
of human trafficking. Proceeds will benefit Columbus-area nonprofits
and social enterprises fighting for social justice. Register online
through April 8.
Crime Victims' Rights Day
April 13, 11am- 2pm @ Mount Carmel West, Building 2, 777 W. State
St., Columbus, OH
Join Mount Carmel's Crime & Trauma Assistance Program for
a day of support and healing. The event includes access to community
resources and free activities including tai chi, self-defense
sessions and chair massages. Email email@example.com for additional
Crime Victims' Rights Week Annual Luncheon
April 13, 12-1 pm @ Grace United Methodist Church, 422 Walnut
St., Coshocton, OH
Coshocton County Victim Assistance Program is hosting a Crime
Victims' Rights Week Luncheon featuring a presentation on human
trafficking. Please RSVP by April 6 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Human Trafficking Commission Meeting
April 18, 2pm-4pm @ 150 East Gay St., Columbus, OH
Quarterly meeting hosted by the Ohio Attorney General. For more
information, contact Veronica Scherbauer at email@example.com.
March for Freedom - Columbus
June 4, 11am @ Columbus City Hall, 90 W Broad St., Columbus, OH
Join anti-human trafficking advocates from across the state for
this year's March for Freedom to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Participants will walk from Columbus City Hall to the Ohio Statehouse.
Kasich's Executive Order regarding Human Trafficking
below for the link to the 30-minute Human Trafficking 101 training
video developed by the Department of Health. This training can
certainly be expanded upon, however it provides a base knowledge
of the human trafficking problem in Ohio.
Launches Human Trafficking Public Awareness Campaign
In January 2014, Governor John R. Kasich launched the statewide
Human Trafficking Public Awareness Campaign. The goal of the campaign
is to educate the public about the crime of human trafficking
and to promote the appropriate method for reporting human trafficking
situations. Materials and messaging for Ohio's anti-human trafficking
campaign, including ads, billboards, and posters, are available
for free download to the public. Over 60 state agencies, boards,
and commissions have committed to use these materials to help
get the word out that trafficking happens in Ohio. All materials
are available here.
27th, a Cuyahoga county man entered a guilty plea to 13
felonies and two misdemeanors, with a sentence of 13 years in
prison. The man admitted to felonies including multiple counts
of human trafficking, promoting prostitution, rape, compelling
prostitution, and one count of endangering children and having
weapons under disability.
21st, a Columbus man pleaded guilty in federal court to
sex-trafficking a minor and will serve 15 years in prison. The
indictment against the man reports that he had a number of females
working in an East Side apartment he used as a brothel.
a Toledo man pled guilty to human trafficking and prostitution
charges in Maryland. The man, who was previously convicted of
interstate transportation of minors and for kidnapping related
to prostitution, will be serving 12 years in prison.
January, a Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested on state human
trafficking charges for attempting to commit kidnapping and
rape, and for possession of criminal tools. The man was caught
trying to buy a 10-year-old girl for $400 and now faces federal
January, a Dayton business owner pleaded guilty of labor
trafficking and fraud in federal court. The man paid for crews
of illegal immigrant workers from Mexico to be brought to the
United States and then recouped the money by withholding the
November 2013, an Ashland woman, who was charged with holding
a cognitively disabled woman and her child against her will
for more than two years, pled guilty to labor trafficking.
TOOLS & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
NEW! Mapping Project
Curious to learn who is serving victims of trafficking in Ohio
and how you can join the fight? The Ohio Human Trafficking Task
Force announces the launch of a new
map of anti-trafficking organizations serving victims and
raising awareness throughout the state.
Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
In support of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention
Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is providing
links to resources specifically for law enforcement and judicial
personnel on civil litigation, immigration, and legal service
providers. Resources for law enforcement personnel can be found
and policy makers can find relevant resources here.
for Serving Victims of Human Trafficking in Ohio
To learn more about Ohio's framework for responding to human
trafficking, including state and federal laws, funding resources,
and service standards, check out the Toolkit
for Serving Victims of Human Trafficking in Ohio. If you
have any questions, please e-mail Elizabeth
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Human Trafficking Commission Meeting
February 10th, 2-4 p.m.
150 E. Gay St., Columbus
Quarterly HT Commission meeting led by the Ohio Attorney General's
of Professionals to the Pandemic of Human Trafficking
Symposium presented by The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking
in partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).
Saturday, April 5, 2014 at CWRU
Mulvey, U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor & Combat
Trafficking in Persons
M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney
Lloyd, Founder and CEO of Girls Educational & Mentoring
information, please contact the Collaborative at 440-356-2254
Annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Sex
Work Conference is now accepting abstracts through June 2014.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for further details. The conference is scheduled for September
18th and 19th, 2014.
On January 9th, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the
Annual Human Trafficking Report with local law enforcement statistics.
AND RESTORE COALITION UPDATES
On Saturday, January 18th the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition
hosted an awareness event at the Franklin Park Mall. Coalition
member Celeste Rollins organized the event that featured Theresa
Flores as a guest speaker. The coalition reports that in 2013,
they collectively educated 4,155 individuals directly and reached
3,177 through Facebook
and an estimated 10,000 through radio and television.
to End Human Trafficking hosted the Third Annual Human Trafficking
Awareness Program on Monday, January 27, 2014, at the Terminal
Tower in downtown Cleveland. The event highlighted the reality
that trafficking is a crime committed in Northeast Ohio as well
as the cooperative efforts among law enforcement agencies and
social service professionals to prosecute the crime, protect victims,
and work toward prevention.
30th, the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition held
a training titled "Serving At-Risk Youth," targeting
foster care agencies, group home, foster care and adoption families,
and social service agencies serving at-risk youth. Forty people
were in attendance, representing agencies across the state of
Ohio. Topics of training also included the different ways foster
youth are impacted by trafficking, how to identify victims, and
to equip providers with the tools necessary to offer appropriate
support to survivors.