University of Cincinnati to Study Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio

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For Immediate Release: July 14, 2017

University of Cincinnati to Study Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio


(COLUMBUS) – In collaboration with Gov. John R. Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) has awarded funding to the University of Cincinnati (UC) to assess the extent to which youth and children are exploited in Ohio.

“While we have made incredible progress in the fight against human trafficking, the lack of data remains a challenge,” said OCJS Executive Director Karhlton Moore. “We look forward to working with UC and using the results of their study to improve our response efforts.”

Through this grant, UC will address the knowledge gaps related to the prevalence of trafficking in persons, specifically minors under age 18 and youth aged 18-21 in foster care in the state of Ohio.

“I am delighted to be partnering with OCJS to develop an accurate and reliable prevalence estimate of the number of human trafficking cases across the state,” said Dr. Valerie R. Anderson, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at UC.  “My team at UC will be analyzing a variety of data collected by state agencies, news media reports, and state-level justice system data housed at UC’s Corrections Institute. To date, it has been challenging for researchers to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking victimization for a number of reasons so it’s promising that funding for these research efforts are being prioritized. Funding for foundational research, such as this project, will continue to position Ohio as a leader in anti-trafficking work.” 

UC has been awarded $100,000 through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, with results of the project publicly available in fall 2018.



The Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) serves as the lead justice planning and assistance agency for the state. Through research, technology and grants, OCJS serves a wide variety of agencies committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio.

For additional information, contact:

China Dodley at (614) 466-2551