The location of Ohio’s I-70 and I-75 corridors is ideal for human and sex trafficking. The FBI has named Toledo, OH, as the fourth worst city in the country for such trafficking. This past September, a father and son were found guilty of sex trafficking in Columbus, OH, where victims were recruited through the Internet; heroin, violence, and threats were used to force women and children into prostitution in the city’s hotel rooms. An estimated 2,879 native Ohio adolescents are at risk for sex trafficking and another 1,078 have been trafficked into the sex trade over the course of a year. Approximately 18% of Ohio’s victims said they became involved in the sex trade before age 18 and 10% said they became involved before age 12.
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