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Human Trafficking Lawsuits Could Be Consolidated In Columbus

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Pending lawsuits by sex trafficking victims against hotel chains could be consolidated in federal court in Columbus.  

Four cases in Ohio and in 12 other district courts allege  hotel staff turned a blind eye to obvious signs of criminal activity, in one case, ignoring a woman tied to a bed and begging for help.  Attorneys for several of the victims have asked the cases against Hilton, Marriot, Best Western, Red Roof Inns and other companies be consolidated and heard in Columbus, where several civil cases are already being heard. A panel of judges will consider the consolidation motion in January.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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