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

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June 2020 Human Trafficking Update

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


A Scioto County man and several of his family members and associates have been indicted on charges related to a child sex trafficking operation in which the man allegedly exchanged drugs to sexually abuse the children of  mothers with drug addictions.

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio announced that Pablo Duran Ramirez was sentenced to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of encouraging illegal entry for financial gain as part of the labor trafficking scheme that brought Guatemalans to Ohio to work on egg farms.

A Lima man was sentenced to almost 42 years in federal prison for trafficking a 14-year-old girl from Celina.

A Cincinnati man was charged with trafficking in persons after he allegedly held two Warren County women in two different Mason hotels under threats of violence and forced them to provide commercial sex acts.

Attorneys for a Cincinnati teen charged with murder say the boy was a victim of labor trafficking at the hands of the man he is accused of killing, but a Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge disagrees.

tools & technical assistance

Crisis in Human Trafficking During the Pandemic
Polaris published a data brief summarizing its systematic examination of human trafficking case data before and after shelter-in-place time periods. The brief includes the findings of the analysis and policy recommendations.

Online Child Exploitation Resource
RAHAB Ministries developed a resource to assist parents in understanding the schemes of online predators and how to protect their kids from exploitation.

meetings & events

Emerging Issues: Housing Solutions During COVID-19 Webinar
July 15, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. via webinar
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webinar on housing solutions for trafficking survivors amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and register here.

Utilizing Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Funding to House Survivors of Trafficking Webinar
July 30, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. via webinar
The Freedom Network Training Institute is hosting a webinar on what VOCA funds are, how to access them, and how to utilize them to house survivors of human trafficking.

Anti-Human Trafficking Training
August 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. & August 8, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Veritas Community Church, 345 E Second Ave. Columbus, OH 
She Has A Name is hosting a free, two-day anti-human trafficking training. The in-person training option is at capacity, but interested attendees can participate via Zoom. Click here for more information.

Wayne County Aruna Run
October 10, 7:30 a.m. @ 630 Henry St. Dalton, OH
The Wayne County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition is hosting an Aruna 5K and 1 mile run to raise funds to empower and employ survivors of human trafficking.