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Human trafficking cases rise in Ohio
Advocates believe increased awareness may be the reason

Karen Kasler
A presentation by Ohio's Human Trafficking Task Force
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There were more than 200 people identified as potential human trafficking victims in Ohio last year, nearly all of them female, and more than a quarter of them under 18. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on the latest report from the state’s task force on human trafficking.

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The number of potential victims is up slightly over last year’s report. But the state’s human trafficking coordinator, Elizabeth Ranade-Janis, says there’s a detail that explains that.

“It absolutely is the case that increased awareness yields more people being helped.”

Ranade-Janis says it’s estimated more than a thousand kids are being trafficked in Ohio at any time. There were more than 100 investigations in the last year: a third resulted in criminal convictions. Most of these were suspected sex trafficking cases, but six victims were thought to be victims of labor trafficking.

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