State Identified More Potential Human Trafficking Victims Last Year
The Ohio Attorney General's Office says law enforcement agencies conducted more than 100 investigations into human trafficking last year leading to more than 100 arrests and 33 convictions. 203 potential human trafficking victims were identified, up slightly from last year. AG Mike DeWine credits increased public awareness. He says authorities are on alert this year because of two events - the Arnold Schwarzenegger sports festival in Columbus in March and the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
The vast majority of victims identified last year are young women. The AG's Human Trafficking Commission says seven victims were age 13 or younger. The report identifies 130 suspected traffickers and nearly 200 buyers of sex.