March 2016 update on Ohio’s anti-trafficking efforts

human trafficking task forceOn March 18, police executed a search warrant at a Canal Fulton business for possible prostitution and human trafficking. Officers searching the business found several women who appeared to be living inside the building.

On March 17, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to hold classified ad website Backpage.com in civil contempt of Congress after it did not comply with a subpoena to provide documents explaining how it combats sex trafficking, amid allegations of facilitating trafficking of minors.

On March 14, a Columbus man was sentenced to seven years in prison for attempted trafficking in persons and one count of compelling prostitution.

On February 29, the last of four defendants indicted together on federal charges for a human trafficking ring that lured Guatemalan migrants to work on Ohio egg farms has pleaded guilty.

During the month of February, the Ohio State Highway Patrol partnered with the Indiana State Police and the Michigan State Police to train and educate motor vehicle drivers, public transportation companies, rest area attendants and truck stop employees to identify and respond to human trafficking.

Oasis House, a nonprofit providing rehabilitation to trafficking victims, and BE FREE Dayton, an organization providing education and awareness programs, are Organizations merge to fight human trafficking in an effort to fight human trafficking in the Miami Valley.
 
 
Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, Thursday, March 31, 2016