Attorney General Recognizes Human Trafficking Awareness

<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Friday, January 12th) Ohio – Ohio’s Attorney General is bringing awareness to Human Trafficking happening state and nationwide.

Thursday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and on Mike DeWine’s Facebook page, he offered an informational video where Rachel Kaisk shared part of her story, stating she was taken at the age of 16 by what she thought was her boyfriend and was a victim for eight years.

“I worked in Cleveland. I worked in Canton. I worked in Akron. The state’s, I worked Pittsburg, D.C., Atlantic, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York.”

DeWine notes with social media it becomes easier for a predator to connect with someone who’s vulnerable creating a high-risk problem. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, in 2017 Ohio was fourth with 191 trafficking cases reported.

He says even though there are task forces that focus on Human Trafficking, it’s important for all law enforcement to be trained and educated.

Human Trafficking can range from sex to labor trafficking, adults, and minors.

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