Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law earlier today that increases penalties for people who are convicted of purchasing sex from minors.
Human trafficking is estimated to be a 32 billion dollar a year international crisis.
A routine traffic stop in northern Ohio has led to charges of human trafficking against a California man.
State officials say the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers will receive more than $523,000 in state funding over the next two years to respond to the needs of human trafficking victims and their families.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office says local law enforcement agencies reported 30 human-trafficking cases in the past year.
The Ohio House has approved a measure increasing penalties for human trafficking offenders and adding protections for victims.
A permanent exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati is doing its part to eradicate human trafficking and modern-day slavery worldwide.
Human Trafficking is gaining attention as a global human rights problem that demands local action.
State leaders are pointing to a new law as a sign of progress made in the fight against human trafficking.