Human Traffic Watch

Our Opinion: Human trafficking: Public must know what to look for

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on July 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Raising awareness of this epidemic is the worthy goal of a new Kasich administration initiative. The $50,000 public-information campaign is expected to begin before the end of the year.

Human trafficking is, plain and simple, slavery — the buying and selling of women and children, usually for prostitution but also for forced labor. State officials estimate that more than 1,000 children are victimized in Ohio each year and that another 3,000 are at risk.

The awareness campaign will inform Ohioans how to recognize signs of human trafficking and what to do next, including how to alert law enforcement and help the victims.

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