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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is unfortunately a thriving enterprise across the globe that forces
women, men, and children of numerous nationalities into conditions resonant of modern-day slavery.

The purpose of this page is to present information on
the topics of sex and labor trafficking, and is for public use.

The following resources provide testimonies, statistics, and hotlines related to these issues,
and offer opportunities for further awareness and actions that can be taken by individuals in our communities.

If you suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking,
please call the Bureau of Criminal Investigation's hotline: 



Videos on Human Trafficking

U.S. Administration for Children and Families

The U.S. ACF has publish an informational video on human trafficking and how to identify and assist victims is part of the Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking public awareness campaign, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To view the video "Look Beneath the Surface" in English, click here.
Para ver el video "Mira debajo del superficie" en Español, haz un clic aquí

Lorena Mora-Mowry of Mujer Latina Today

Lorena Mora-Mowry is widely renowned for her interviews
with Ohioans on topics such as health, business, arts, education, politics, etc.

The following interviews from her YouTube channel feature conversations on the topic of human trafficking. Please note, some interviews are in Spanish.

Interviews from the year 2014:

Interviews from the year 2013:

To view the entire playlist of interviews, click here.
State of Ohio Resources

"To combat the issues of sex and labor trafficking, Attorney General Mike DeWine reconvened the Human Trafficking Commission in August of 2011.  

The Commission includes elected and appointed officials, members of local, state, and federal law enforcement, public and private social agencies, religious groups, and schools who meet regularly to understand the extent of the problem in Ohio, find ways to help victims, and discover how to investigate and prosecute traffickers."

Most recently, the Human Trafficking Commission helped pass House Bill 262, also known as the Safe Harbor Law.

"The Governor’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force was formed to marshal the resources of the State of Ohio to coordinate efforts to identify and rescue victims, create a coordinated law enforcement system to investigate and prosecute human trafficking crimes, and to provide the services and treatment necessary for victims to regain control of their lives. Eleven state agencies are members of the task force and have worked to identify service gaps and made recommendations for filling those gaps."

For an overview of Federal & State Anti-Trafficking Laws, click here.
For Human Trafficking Awareness materials, click here.
To view the July 2015 Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force Report, click here.

Click here to access the Task Force's resources page.

"Polaris, named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., disrupts the conditions that allow human trafficking to thrive in our society.

From working with government leaders to protect victims’ rights, to building partnerships with the world’s leading technology corporations, Polaris sparks a long-term change that focuses communities on identifying, reporting and eliminating trafficking networks."

Click here to view resources Polaris has on Human Trafficking