October 2021 Update on Ohio's Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

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October 2021 Human Trafficking Update

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


The Ohio Children's Trust Fund re-released Ohio’s Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Training Services Initiative Request for Grant Applications to prioritize organizations in eastern and southeastern Ohio. 

A Columbus City Schools high school teacher was arrested and charged with one count of compelling prostitution. 

U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan bills to help combat human trafficking. 

An Akron area man was arrested and charged with compelling prostitution and possessing criminal tools as a part of an investigation by the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force. 

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced a statewide anti-human trafficking sting operation which led to the arrest of 131 individuals who were seeking to buy sex. 

The Columbus City Council voted to increase fines for individuals who purchase sex in the city. 

tools & technical assistance

Overview of Federal and State Human Trafficking Laws 
The Governor's Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force released an updated Overview of Federal and State Human Trafficking Laws

New and Improved Global Modern Slavery Directory 
Polaris has updated the Global Modern Slavery Directory to better connect victims and survivors to support and services around the world. 

Human Trafficking 101: Combating Misinformation with Education
Polaris created a free online webinar series called Human Trafficking 101: Combating Misinformation with Education

meetings & events

Sold: Virtual Conference on Human Trafficking and Exploitation
Nov. 2 & 3, virtual 
New Friends, New Life is hosting the second annual national conference for professionals working in advocacy, law enforcement, the legal community, health care, education, and survivors of human trafficking. 

Human Trafficking Identification & Awareness Training
Nov. 9, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., virtual 
The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, in partnership with the Ohio Children's Trust Fund, will host a virtual training on human trafficking and how to respond to suspected trafficking situations. 

Juvenile Sex Trafficking (JuST) Conference 
Nov. 17 - 19, virtual and in-person, The Omni Hotel, Washington, D.C. 
Shared Hope International is hosting the 2021 Juvenile Sex Trafficking (JuST) Conference.