Human Trafficking

The state is joining a new effort to recognize and stop human trafficking ahead of the Republican National Convention.

Three Columbus-area residents are accused of luring women into the sex trade.

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus pimp convicted of forcing at least two drug-addicted women into prostitution will serve seven years in prison.

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says law enforcement agencies conducted more than 100 investigations into human trafficking last year leading to more than 100 arrests and 33 convictions.

U.S. Attorney's Office

A Columbus man has been indicted on human trafficking charges including counts involving a 16-year-old girl allegedly advertised for sale online.

The operator of a chain of local massage parlors that forced illegal immigrants into prostitution has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

Delaware County Sheriff's Office

Delaware County prosecutors say two Chinese nationals were found guilty yesterday of promoting prostitution and organized crime at three massage parlors in Powell, Worthington and Columbus.

nbcnews.com

Police in Flint, Michigan are investigating a tip that 23-year-old Jayme Bowen of Columbus was spotted in that city. 

The state plans to offer help to victims of human trafficking faster, including drug treatment programs and shelter options. 

The plight of human trafficking in Ohio is multi-layered. 

nbcnews.com

The family of a Columbus woman missing for nearly ten months suspects human trafficking is involved. 

A report by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force says police departments made 98 arrests last year, identifying 181 potential victims.

As part of the 6th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ohio, advocates, state lawmakers, legal experts and others met in Columbus yesterday to discuss Ohio's progress in ending the crisis.

Local law enforcement say they have rescued nearly 20 women from sexual slavery. 

Critics Say Posting Prostitutes' Mug Shots Can Hurt Vicitms

Sep 24, 2014

A recent study says Ohio is taking steps to fight human trafficking by overhauling its laws.

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law earlier today that increases penalties for people who are convicted of purchasing sex from minors. 

State Human Trafficking Conference To Be Held Today

Jan 9, 2014

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.

AG Releases Human Trafficking Report

Jun 28, 2013

The Ohio Attorney General's Office says local law enforcement agencies reported 30 human-trafficking cases in the past year.

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