COLUMBUS– State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) today announced a statewide effort to combat human trafficking in Ohio.
 
In 2012, Senator Manning cosponsored Amended Substitute House Bill 262, which strengthened state efforts to catch offenders of human trafficking, toughened penalties, and created the Victims of Human Trafficking Fund to offer aid to trafficking victims.
 
“Victims of human trafficking have endured unspeakable trauma, and it is our responsibility as citizens to provide them with all of the support they need to move forward with their lives,” Manning said.  “This program is a crucial opportunity for Ohioans to work together to end this deplorable crime.”
 
Toledo, one of Ohio’s largest cities, ranks 4th in the nation for human trafficking, which is the second fastest growing crime in the nation.
 
In cooperation with Governor Kasich, Ohio’s new anti-human trafficking program includes a public awareness campaign to help everyone better recognize the crime, new systems to help all Ohioans easily report suspected cases of trafficking, and assistance to connect victims with the help they need to return to society.
 
To report suspicion of human trafficking, Ohioans should call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or text BeFree (233733). You can also file a confidential report online at www.PolarisProject.org/What-We-Do/National-Human-Trafficking-Hotline/Report-A-Tip.
 
Things you should know when reporting a trafficking crime:

  • Describe the situation that led you to believe human trafficking was occurring.
  • How do you know it is by force, fraud, or coercion?
  • Names, addresses, phone number, license plate, demographics, and physical description of controller or victim.

 
Victims of human trafficking should be directed to the Victim Support Service’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-346-7555 or online at www.PolarisProject.org.

 
 
 
  
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