human trafficking

Adora Namigadde

April Zobel owns In the Bag Massage in Westerville, a small medical massage therapy clinic in a nondescript office park. A few chairs and a flat-screen television greet visitors who enter the lobby.

In leggings and a long black hoodie, Ray walked idly up and down Sullivant Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. A block away, an elementary school had let out for the day and students walked home. For Ray, work had just started.

Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force

Lawmakers in the Ohio General Assembly are landing on different sides of a debate over the criminal records of human trafficking victims. The question? What measures the state should take to conceal, and even wipe, out those records.

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Though the shops along Sullivant Ave. have all closed their doors for the night, a young woman walks alone down the alley behind the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She’s petite and wears lipstick, a tweed coat and blue jeans torn at the knee.

Some of the officers that enforce liquor laws in Ohio are being trained to fight more than illegal serving or drinking. 

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The state has been trying to fight modern day slavery on several different fronts, from revising the laws to raising awareness about human trafficking. A coalition of community groups are learning more about what can be done for the victims once they’re out of the system.

Du Yun, a 39-year-old composer, musician and performance artist, today won the Pulitzer Prize for music for her opera Angel's Bone. The Pulitzer jury describes the piece as a bold work "that integrates vocal and instrumental elements and a wide range of styles into a harrowing allegory for human trafficking in the modern world." Angel's Bone, which has a libretto by the versatile Royce Vavrek (Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves and David T.

Karen Kasler

The number of reports of human trafficking in Ohio went up in the last year. Now, Democratic Rep. Teresa Fedor of Toledo proposed extending the state's "safe harbor" law to 16- and 17-year-olds.

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State investigators are ramping up their efforts to put an end to human trafficking by taking a closer look at current statistics and data.

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A report says the number of Ohio human trafficking cases reported to a national hotline has risen sharply.

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There are nearly two-million truck drivers on U.S. highways. They transport essentials goods and resources that keep our economy and our lives in motion. Now, as of this week, a new Ohio truck driver licensing requirement will mean training to spot and report possible human trafficking.

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A bi-partisan US Senate investigation has found that migrant children placed by the federal government with sponsors in Marion became victims of human trafficking.

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A report by the Attorney General's Office says Ohio law enforcement agencies conducted more than 100 investigations into human trafficking last year leading to more than 100 arrests and 33 convictions.

The report identified 203 potential human trafficking victims, the vast majority of them young women.

Sisters Convicted Of Promoting Prostitution At Massage Parlors

Aug 25, 2015
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Officials say two Chinese nationals were found guilty of promoting prostitution and organized crime at massage parlors in Columbus, Worthington and Powell.

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Franklin County prosecutors have charged a couple with human trafficking and promoting prostitution.

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