(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released the Human Trafficking Annual Report, which outlines efforts made by the Ohio Attorney General's Office in 2012 to better protect Ohioans against the threat of human trafficking.
"Human trafficking is a horrendous crime that preys upon the most vulnerable among us, often targeting our children," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. "I am proud of the progress made throughout Ohio this year that has helped bring more awareness to the human trafficking issue."
Last year, members of the Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission made strides to gauge the human trafficking problem in Ohio and strengthen Ohio legislation addressing human trafficking.
Commission members worked to fight human trafficking in 2012 through:
2012 Law Enforcement Human Trafficking Summit
Safe Harbor Law (House Bill 262)
Human trafficking webinars
2012 Domestic Sex Trafficking in Ohio Report
Medical protocols and triage research
Demand reduction efforts
In addition to the work of the commission, the Attorney General's Office has been engaged in other efforts to combat human trafficking, including:
Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force
Central Ohio Human Trafficking Collaborative
Law enforcement training
"Though Ohio has made great progress in the fight against human trafficking in 2012, there is still much work to be done to address this issue in the coming year," said DeWine.
Plans for 2013 include new legislative initiatives, an expanded focus on labor trafficking in Ohio, and new outreach and victims services efforts.
The Human Trafficking Commission will also release a report on Ohio's "John Schools," and the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) will begin to track and compile human trafficking violation data as required by the Safe Harbor Law.
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed each year on January 11th.
For additional information on the human trafficking, visit the Ohio Attorney General's webpage.
2012 Human Trafficking Report
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