Human Trafficking

Columbus Division of Police

Columbus police are asking for the public's help in finding a local human trafficking suspect. 

The City of Columbus has temporarily closed a north side massage parlor, saying it was a haven for human trafficking. 

Westerville officials recently extended a moratorium on opening new massage parlors. 

Columbus Division of Police

A Franklin County grand jury has indicted five people on federal charges of luring women into prostitution. 

The Ohio Attorney General's office says investigations of human trafficking cases rose last year to the highest level since the state began keeping track of those numbers in 2013. 

Ohio Public Radio

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio wants to change federal law to continue his fight against the online website Backpage-dot-com.

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is taking a role in battling human trafficking. 

Ohio Public Radio

The state plans to train the undercover agents who investigate liquor, tobacco and food stamp violations to identify and help victims of human trafficking.

The state has been trying to fight human trafficking on several fronts, from revising the laws to raising awareness.

A Columbus man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in Missouri for transporting four teenage girls to engage in prostitution.

Columbus Division of Police

A federal grand jury has indicted a Columbus man on five counts of human trafficking.

Ohio Public Radio

Human trafficking cases in Ohio rose  last year. 

A new study by a non-profit group that tracks human trafficking cases says it is seeing more of them in Ohio and around the nation.

Ohio Public Radio

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

A report by the state's human trafficking task force says the number of Ohio cases reported to a national hotline rose sharply from 2012 to 2015.

The state is announcing training for survivors of human trafficking to help other victims recover from their experiences.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Columbus police have arrested a murder suspect.

Reynoldsburg Police

A Reynoldsburg woman will serve seven years in prison for her role in a human trafficking scheme.

Reynoldsburg Police

Prosecutors say a Reynoldsburg man has become the first Franklin County resident to be sentenced to prison time for human trafficking.


Victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes may now ask to have their addresses shielded from certain public records in Ohio under a new law now in effect.

Reynoldsburg Police

A Reynoldsburg woman has pleaded guilty to human trafficking and other charges for allegedly forcing three women into slavery.

The state is joining a new effort to recognize and stop human trafficking ahead of the Republican National Convention.

Three Columbus-area residents are accused of luring women into the sex trade.

Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus pimp convicted of forcing at least two drug-addicted women into prostitution will serve seven years in prison.

Ohio Public Radio

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.

U.S. Attorney's Office

A Columbus man has been indicted on human trafficking charges including counts involving a 16-year-old girl allegedly advertised for sale online.

The operator of a chain of local massage parlors that forced illegal immigrants into prostitution has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

Delaware County Sheriff's Office

Delaware County prosecutors say two Chinese nationals were found guilty yesterday of promoting prostitution and organized crime at three massage parlors in Powell, Worthington and Columbus.

Police in Flint, Michigan are investigating a tip that 23-year-old Jayme Bowen of Columbus was spotted in that city. 

The state plans to offer help to victims of human trafficking faster, including drug treatment programs and shelter options.