State Representative Teresa Fedor of the 45th Ohio House District presents the 5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium on January 9, 2014.
Each year in Ohio, more than 1,000 children are trafficked in the sex trade and over 3,000 youth are at risk of becoming victims. In March 2012, Governor Kasich established the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, which spearheads efforts to raise awareness of this issue, educate Ohioans on how to prevent the crime, and identify opportunities to assist victims of human trafficking. In June 2012, the passage of House Bill 262 raised penalties on human traffickers and put protections in place for human trafficking victims.
Speakers: Michelle Hannan - Divisional Services Director, Salvation Army (moderator) Jane Ginter - Program Director, The Daughter Project Renee Jones - President & CEO, Renee Jones Empowerment Center Laura Neal - Assistant Manager, Lucas County Children Services Dr. Celia Wiliamson - Professor, University of Toledo
Reach the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text to BeFree (233733).