by German Lopez
Posted In: News
, Human Rights
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Most common buyers of trafficking victims were law enforcement
The Ohio Attorney General’s office today released a report on
human trafficking in Ohio which found that out of 328
self-identified human trafficking victims, more than one-third were
trafficked while they were minors.
The victims were taken from all around Ohio, including
Cincinnati. The report found that 63 percent of the victims had run
away from home at least once, 59 percent reported having friends
involved in selling, 47 percent were raped more than a year
before being trafficked and 44 percent reported to be victims of child abuse.
In Cincinnati, the most common risk factors reported were
dropping out of school and having an older boyfriend. Rape was third
with 40 percent of Cincinnati victims reporting being raped.
In all of Ohio, the most common buyers for victims were
law enforcement. Businessmen and drug dealers were second and third,
respectively. In Cincinnati, the most common buyers were drug dealers,
followed by factory workers, then truckers.
The report highlights the severity of human trafficking in
Ohio. A 2010 report by the same commission found that 1,000
American-born youth had been trafficked in Ohio over the course of the
year, and as many as 3,000 American-born youth in Ohio were at risk for
trafficking.Since the 2010 report, Gov. John Kasich has signed H.B.
262 into law, which outlaws human trafficking and enforces tougher
However, the commission does not believe current law is
enough, and it’s pushing for more rules against human trafficking. The
new rules would identify trafficking as child abuse, place a focus on
arresting and convicting buyers and invest in responding to adult sex
trafficking. The commission also wants a better response to youth
runaways, and it wants to establish better protocols for dealing with
at-risk youth, especially in correspondence with school officials.When contacted by CityBeat, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said
they have no suggestions to specifically deal with law enforcement officials, which topped the list of buyers, who are involved in human trafficking.The report was issued by the Attorney General’s Human
Trafficking Commission. It was authored by commission member Celia
Williamson, who is also a professor at the University of Toledo. The full report can be found here.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Gov. John Kasich on June 27 signed into law Ohio’s Safe Harbor Act, what is being touted as one of the country’s toughest human trafficking bills. The law’s passage comes shortly after Kasich re
by Kevin Osborne
Some allege candidate almost made racial slur at campaign event
Some critics of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum
said video footage of a speech at a campaign event shows him starting to utter
a racial slur while referring to President Obama, then cutting himself off
While speaking to a group of supporters in Wisconsin on Tuesday,
Santorum said, “We know what the candidate, Barack Obama, was like. The
anti-war, government nig--, uh…” before stopping abruptly, then adding, “America
was, uh, a source for division around the world. And that what we were doing
was wrong. We needed to pull out and we needed to pull back.”
Although the uncompleted word sure sounds like it began with “nig”
and what Santorum said next in the sentence didn’t flow naturally with the
other words, a campaign spokesman today denied that the uncompleted word was “nigger.”
In January Santorum told a crowd of supporters in Iowa that he didn’t “want to make black people’s lives
better by giving them other people’s money.”
Here is the clip of Tuesday’s
speech. The remark causing controversy is spoken around the 34:30 mark. You can
decide for yourself.
by Hannah McCartney
Posted In: Human Rights
at 01:39 PM | Permalink
Gov. Kasich gives task force 90 days to measure ability to identify victims
“Can you tell me how a 13-year-old kid can be snatched, blackmailed, drugged, raped, in our state? In our country?”That’s the question Ohio Gov. John Kasich asked audiences Thursday before signing an executive order to create the Human Trafficking Task Force, which is intended to combat human trafficking across the state and help victims recover. “I don’t think I can think of a greater evil than what we know as the human slave trade,” said Kasich, before signing the order. A 2010 study conducted by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission revealed that about 1,000 American-born children are forced into sex trade in Ohio every year, while about 800 immigrants fall victim to human trafficking, either through sexual exploitation or manipulation into hard labor. Kasich’s executive order will give the task force 90 days to examine Ohio’s current ability to identify victims. The board of the task force will be comprised of representatives from youth prisons, public safety departments, state health and human services and the state Cosmetology Board (some trafficking is suspected in nail salons, which the Cosmetology Board oversees). “They’ll tell me where the holes are, but we have lot
more work to do,” Kasich said. “We need everybody in America to step in on
this.” Ohio is suspected to be a major player in the U.S. human trafficking industry because of its large immigrant population, proximity to Canada and growing demand for cheap labor in light of difficult economic times, according to the 2010 Trafficking in Persons report. There’s currently no state funding set aside for the task force; the task will work hand-in-hand with Attorney General Mike DeWine's Human Trafficking Commission to buffer already existing efforts.
Making a case for why human trafficking laws are needed in Ohio
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
If someone holds a gun to your head and forces you to rob a bank, you're not held responsible for the crime. You had no choice if you wanted to stay alive. Thus it seems reasonable that someone forced into prostitution because of a threat to her life or the lives of her family members shouldn't be charged with that crime either.