Senator Obhof discusses recent efforts to combat human trafficking.

State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today addressed a crowd of approximately 400 during an event to commemorate Ohio's seventh annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day. 

"It is a sobering reality that this modern-day slavery occurs in our state and is a growing criminal enterprise nationwide," said Obhof. "Ohio's legislature is working with the governor, attorney general and law enforcement to fight these heinous crimes."

The most common point at which young people fall victim to human trafficking is roughly age 13, with 1,000 children facing this harsh reality each year. Predators profit by targeting victims, from all walks of life, and exploiting them for labor or commercial sex. 

The Senate has passed a series of bills over the last several years aimed at combatting the problem through better enforcement, increased penalties and promoting greater public awareness, empowering Ohioans to recognize crucial warning signs and report suspected cases. 

Among various bills signed into law was House Bill 130, also known as the "End Demand Act," which seeks to address the demand side of human trafficking. The law strengthens penalties for offenders, especially those soliciting to minors. 

Ohioans are asked to report suspected human trafficking activity to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation by calling 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446). This allows state investigators to work with local law enforcement to arrest and prosecute traffickers.

A full recording of Senator Obhof's presentation, provided by the Ohio Channel, is available online at

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