Continuing Ohio’s aggressive agenda to end human trafficking, Gov. John R. Kasich on Wednesday announced that the state will launch a new public awareness campaign to combat human trafficking by educating the public on how to recognize and report the crime, as well as help victims gain access to services and treatment.
The Kasich administration and the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force will work closely with The Impact Group, a public relations and marketing firm out of Hudson, to develop the multi-pronged outreach and education campaign, which is expected to launch by the end of 2013.
“We’ve made progress in the fight against human trafficking, but we have a long way to go before this war is won,” Kasich said in a news release. “Before an awful crime like this can be stopped, people need to know how to recognize and report signs of human trafficking to law enforcement. Stopping criminals, helping victims and ultimately saving lives is what this campaign is all about.”
The human trafficking awareness campaign will focus on three key areas:
- Educating the public on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking;
- Promoting the appropriate method for reporting human trafficking situations;
- Directing victims of human trafficking to available services and treatment, and helping them regain control of their lives.