Human Traffic Watch

Agents on lookout for human trafficking in Ohio bars, other liquor establishments

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

As agents in Ohio investigate liquor permit establishments for alcohol, drugs and weapons violations, they’re also looking for human traffickers and victims of the crime.

Every agent has received training on how to spot signs of human trafficking in Ohio’s bars, restaurants and other places that serve alcohol.

Last October, agents attended human trafficking awareness training by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The training explained what human trafficking looks like and what agents do when they see the illegal activity.

“Our agents are often in a prime setting to spot victims of human trafficking,” said Agent-in-Charge Eric Wolf. “In these cases, time is of the essence. Our agents can start the process to get these people to safety and do so quickly.”

Many victims of human trafficking are often moved through adult entertainment clubs, or even truck stops, which often have liquor permits.

Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/state/agents-on-lookout-for-human-trafficking-in-ohio-bars-other-liquor-establishments#ixzz2LsZJiy3s

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