April 2018 Update on Ohio's Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

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April 2018 Human Trafficking Update

A brief overview of current news and updates on Ohio's anti-trafficking movement


On April 11, federal legislation that gives prosecutors greater power to pursue websites that host sexually exploitative ads was signed into law. Subsequently, Backpage.com officials are facing federal and state charges of conspiracy to facilitate prostitution and money laundering.

A Lima woman who trafficked her daughters in exchange for money to support her drug addiction has been sentenced to 64 years in prison.

The Westerville Police Department hosted a community meeting at Westerville City Hall to learn about human trafficking and how to identify and respond to potential instances of trafficking, following several local trafficking-related investigations.  

On March 19, a Canal Winchester man was indicted on human trafficking and other charges for allegedly advertising two women and one juvenile online for commercial sex and child pornography.

An investigation conducted by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force has led to the arrests of four individuals for allegedly sex trafficking women using online advertisements. 

tools & technical assistance

2017 National Human Trafficking Hotline Statistics
Polaris released the 2017 statistics from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline.

Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis Webinar
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center has made available a webinar on how substance use impacts individuals who have been trafficked or are at risk of exploitation.

National Hotline Calls and Cases Referencing Backpage.com
The National Human Trafficking Hotline released hotline statistics based on the calls and cases received from 2012 to 2016 referencing Backpage.com.

meetings & events

Community Support Groups
April 5 - May 25 @ Various locations in Lima, OH
Crime Victim Services is offering three separate support groups for youth survivors, co-survivors and adult survivors. Email blaw@crimevictimservices.org for more information.

Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission Meeting
April 23, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. @ 150 E Gay St. 18th Floor, Columbus, OH
The Ohio Attorney General's Office is hosting its quarterly Human Trafficking Commission meeting. For more information, email michelle.gillcrist@ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

Crime Victims' Rights in Ohio Cross Disciplinary Training
April 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. @ Washington State Community College, Harvey Graham Auditorium, 710 Colegate Dr. Marietta, OH
The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center is hosting a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary training that informs trainees about the legal rights of victims and ethical obligations of the attorneys assisting them.

Frontline to Freedom: Advanced Issues in Human Trafficking
April 27, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ NewPointe Community Church, 5305 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH
The Children's Network of Stark County is hosting a human trafficking training to discuss advanced issues such as identifying potential victims in a health care setting. CEUs are available.

She Has A Name Anti-Human Trafficking Training
May 2, 9 & 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. @ Veritas Community Church, 345 E 2nd Ave. Columbus, OH
She Has A Name is hosting a community education program to raise awareness of human trafficking and how to get involved in local anti-trafficking efforts.

Trauma Training: Time Does Not Heal All Wounds
May 4 @ Mount Carmel West Medical Staff Building, 793 W State St. Columbus, OH
Mount Carmel's Crime & Trauma Assistance Program is hosting a 2018 Trauma Training Series beginning in May. Learn more about the upcoming trainings here.

Over the Edge to End Child Sex Trafficking
June 14-15 @ Chase Tower, 100 E Broad St. Columbus, OH
Gracehaven is hosting a fundraiser in which the first 115 people to raise a minimum of $1,250 will earn a spot to rappel 330 feet down the Chase Tower in downtown Columbus.