March 2020 Update on Ohio's Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

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March 2020 Human Trafficking Update

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

A message from the State Anti-Trafficking Coordinator:
I want to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to the advocates, service providers, and partners across the state who are navigating the impact of COVID-19 with a continued commitment to justice for all Ohioans. In the midst of recent changes and cancellations, my office will continue to support you in our shared mission to combat human trafficking. These are challenging times, and I wish you all safety and health in the days ahead. For updates regarding coronavirus, visit 
Respectfully yours,
Sophia Papadimos, State Anti-Trafficking Coordinator     


The Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested a Scioto County man on human trafficking charges following an undercover operation involving an arrangement to have a sexual encounter with a minor. 

A Youngstown man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on human trafficking charges for trafficking young women and juveniles by preying on their addictions. He specifically targeted women exiting rehabilitation. 

Eight people were arrested in a human trafficking sting in Trumbull County after a one-day sweep targeting people trying to buy sex over the internet. 

A man and woman are facing charges as part of a human trafficking investigation after allegedly exploiting three teen girls who ran away from home. 

A former volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America was arrested on charges of pandering obscenity involving juveniles, following a long-term human trafficking investigation. 

tools & technical assistance

Guide for Public Awareness Materials
The President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Senior Policy Operating Group's Public Awareness and Outreach Committee has released a guide for public awareness materials

Human Trafficking Resource Portal
The Human Trafficking Institute launched a new Human Trafficking Resource Portal.

U.S. Department of Justice Human Trafficking Funding Opportunities
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Office for Victims of Crime have released human trafficking funding opportunities. 

Ohio Governor's Office of Children Services Transformation Initial Findings Report
The Office of Children Services Transformation released a report summarizing its initial findings from the recent foster care forums held across the state.  

meetings & events

The University of Toledo's International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference
September 24-25 @ The University of Toledo, 2801 Bancroft St. Toledo, OH
The University of Toledo's Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute is hosting its annual conference which brings together the global community to learn, connect, and collaborate. Click here to learn more about attending and presenting.