Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Convenes New Human Trafficking Commission
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today held the first meeting of the newly convened Human Trafficking Commission, which was formed as a means to continue the work started by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission.
“The Study Commission helped identify many root causes of the problem in Ohio. The Human Trafficking Commission will use that information and take on the issue from a law enforcement perspective, raising public awareness and working to put traffickers behind bars,” said Attorney General DeWine.
Ohio’s Human Trafficking Grade Rises
The Polaris Project, a Washington D.C.-based organization that works to combat human trafficking nationally, moved Ohio up a notch in its annual ratings of state human trafficking laws in a report released yesterday, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Legislation passed into law this past December by former Gov.
"Unlocking the Chains" Anti-Sex Trafficking Conference Held
The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition today held its annual “Unlocking the Chains” conference in an effort to help mobilize their communities to combat human trafficking. Samir Goswami, Director of Corporate Responsibility at LexisNexis who has been working on human trafficking issues for over fifteen years, was one of over a dozen speakers at the event. Goswami highlighted the demand – or market for sex – as one of the primary pillars of trafficking.
Rep. Fedor Introduces “Safe Harbor for Exploited Children” Act
State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today introduced legislation to protect children who are the victims of human trafficking. The "Safe Harbor for Exploited Children" act – House Bill 262 – will provide a "safe harbor" for minor victims of human trafficking. The Bill requires that a minor be given appropriate services and prevents a child victim from being charged with solicitation.
Grandmother Sentenced for Involvement In Human Trafficking Ring
A grandmother from Columbus, Ohio was sentenced to 1 year in prison for her role in human trafficking ring and fraud. The grandmother was convicted of tricking dozens of Eastern European women into the hotel service in Columbus and not allowing them to escape as she took their passports. She claimed the women were in debt to her.
Ohio Trafficking In Persons Study Commission 2010 Year End Report
Through the work of the commission, the six sub-committees have created comprehensive reports which have increased media coverage on the issue of human trafficking in Ohio, increased the public’s understanding, helped to support the changes to Ohio’s human trafficking laws, evaluated the services needed for victims, and provided training and identified others who needed to be trained.
Ohio House Bill Creates Felony Charge of Human Trafficking
During the lame duck session, the House unanimously approved Senate Bill 235 without amendments. The human trafficking bill that was sponsored by Senator Teresa Fedor and Senator Tim Grendell created a stand-alone, second-degree felony for trafficking a person. If a person is convicted of this crime, they could serve up to 8 years in prison for either sex crimes or “involuntary servitude” crimes. The passage of the new human trafficking law will replace the tack on offense for only sex-related crimes that was never used.
Indictment: Somali gangs ran sex ring in Columbus, 2 other cities
There were 29 people who were indicted in a sex trafficking ring by Somali gangs in Minneapolis. The gangs allegedly forced girls 14 and under into prostitution for cash, drugs, or other items in Ohio, Tennessee, Minnesota, and other unnamed places. The sex trafficking ring has been recruiting young girls since January 2000. The Somali gangs had the girls engage in sex acts for liquor, marijuana, or money.
FBI Cracks Down on Prostitution, Human Trafficking In Cleveland
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, local police, and the FBI made 80 arrests in the Cleveland area targeting prostitution in an effort to identify and recover children who were sold into human trafficking. During the operation, 36 adult prostitutes were identified or arrested, 44 ‘Johns’ were arrested, 2 pimps were arrested, 32 cars, 2 guns, and $6,000 in cash were seized.
Victim Services and Safe Locations Sub-Committee Releases Report
Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission Victim Services and Safe Locations Sub-Committee released a report detailing the lack of response to victims of human trafficking. Findings show a gap in identification of victims, inadequate funding for programs and a lack of training for service providers. Only five agencies in Ohio reported providing services to assist victims of human trafficking.