State leaders are pointing to a new law as a sign of progress made in the fight against human trafficking.
Victims of human trafficking often are forced into the sex trade or pushed to work against their will in
sweatshop-type jobs. The crime is the focus of an awareness event planned today at the Statehouse. Governor John Kasich is among the scheduled speakers. Part of the event is aimed at helping social workers and attorneys learn about implementing the new law. The measure increases penalties for human trafficking and creates a fund to help victims. Participants also will hear from human trafficking survivors. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says despite improvement, there's still work to do in increasing Ohio's legislative response to human trafficking.