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Human Trafficking

  • NEWS
    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.

    On 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 prostitution.

    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., Columbus, OH

    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 ctap@mchs.com for additional information.

    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 emilymcburney@coschoctoncounty.net.

    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 veronica.scherbauer@ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

    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. Register here.

  • Governor Kasich's Executive Order regarding Human Trafficking

  • Click 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.
    http://powerhost.powerstream.net/008/00153/HumanTrafficking.wmv

  • State 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.

    On January 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.

    On January 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.

    In mid-January, 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.

    In early 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 prosecution.

    In early 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 workers' earnings.

    In late 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.

    National 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 here, and policy makers can find relevant resources here.

    Toolkit 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 Ranade-Janis.


    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 office.

    Responses 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

    Keynote speakers:

    Timothy Mulvey, U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons

    Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney

    Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS)

    For more information, please contact the Collaborative at 440-356-2254 or collaborative_initiative@yahoo.com.

The 11th Annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Sex Work Conference is now accepting abstracts through June 2014. Please contact traffickingconference@gmail.com for further details. The conference is scheduled for September 18th and 19th, 2014.

STATISTICS
On January 9th, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the 2013 Annual Human Trafficking Report with local law enforcement statistics.

RESCUE 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.

The Collaborative 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.

On January 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.

 

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