Information courtesy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol
– Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which criminals
profit from the control and exploitation of others. The same Ohio roads
that are used legitimately are also used by human traffickers and
smugglers to transport their victims and further their operations.
Ohio State Highway Patrol is committed to combating human trafficking
in Ohio and took new steps this year to rescue potential victims.
trafficking takes two primary forms: labor trafficking, which involves
compelling people to provide labor or services; and sex trafficking,
which involves forcing individuals to perform commercial sex acts. Both
use force, fear and coercion to keep victims working against their will.
Both types occur in Ohio.
Just in 2015, law enforcement agencies
across Ohio reported 102 human trafficking investigations. This led to
104 arrests, and 33 successful prosecutions, and the identification of
203 potential victims and 130 suspected traffickers.
Below is a list of OSHP’s efforts to stop criminals from exploiting trafficking victims in Ohio:
As truck stops are one of the leading areas where sex trafficking
occurs, the Ohio State Highway Patrol partnered with Truckers Against
Trafficking to ensure that trucking schools in Ohio will be required to
provide one hour of human trafficking awareness training for students
obtaining a CDL for the first time. Truckers will be taught in the class
to recognize the signs of human trafficking at truck stops.
Ohio State Highway Patrol has trained troopers to identify signs of
human trafficking during traffic stops. In addition, state employees
have been trained to identify, confront and prevent human trafficking,
which was an objective of the Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
• Ohio Investigative Unit agents work with liquor permit premises on how to spot human trafficking.
report a case of potential human trafficking, call the National Human
Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. This toll free number is
available anywhere in the US 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Submissions can also be made via text messages to the BeFree text line
at 233733 as well as online (https://traffickingresourcecenter.org/) and
through email (email@example.com).
From 2013-2015, the
NHTRC hotline received calls regarding 592 potential human trafficking
cases from Ohio, making Ohio the fifth highest total for potential cases
reported among the states.
View OSHP’s bulletin on human
trafficking awareness statistics and the Ohio Department of Public
Safety’s video on human trafficking to learn more.
As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or criminal activity.