Human Trafficking: Combating Ohio's Dark Underbelly

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Human-trafficking is believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world and is a form of human slavery that must be addressed.

"I do what I enjoy doing. When I tried to backpedal I went through a very horrific experience", said Rush.

He's the driving improvement coach at G & P Trucking in Gaston and he's seen it all but not all of it's good. Human trafficking is an estimated $150 billion industry worldwide, with commercial sex generating two-thirds of the profit. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Ocala Branch, plans to help in this endeavor and hold a public forum on Human Trafficking Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.at the Marion County Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Spring Blvd., Ocala.

"Ninety percent of the victims, they don't come out because they are scared", Mr. D'Souza said.

President Trump's proclamation completes the month-long attention on slavery and human trafficking by celebrating National Freedom Day on February 1. The State attorney general has put together a task force to help stop trafficking in Wyoming, with promoting education and identifying victims.

The authors are all Oakland County commissioners and serve on the Oakland County Human Trafficking Task Force.

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"It impacts tens of thousands of children, women, and men in SC alone".

Since the summer, the DMV has handed out "Truckers Against Trafficking" cards to commercial drivers detailing ways they can report conduct they see on the roads, at gas stations, motels and other areas. They are critical in this fight. "In trafficking", said Bouchard.

Beshear continues to make combating human trafficking one of his office's top priorities.

"It is my goal as DMV director that we will serve as the pilot for the rest of the nation", she said. We do have a drug and opioid issue, and we are surrounded borders and we also have a lot of refugees here.

The state's plan to end human trafficking also includes working closely with the hospitality industry, because hotel and motel rooms are often the venues for crimes. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that one out of six endangered runaways in the United States are likely child sex trafficking victims, and of those, 86% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.

At the conference, Stein talked about recognizing the signs.

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