Human Trafficking Initiatives and Resources
Important Safety Information: For victims of abuse using a computer at home, or where an abuser has access to it, can be very dangerous. It is impossible to erase all computer history. Additionally, spyware can be installed onto your computer without your knowledge and give the abuser ways to track and monitor your computer activity. It is highly recommended that you use a computer that you know is “safe,” and to which the abuser does not have access. You can go to a trusted friend’s home, a public library, a rape crisis or domestic violence program in your community. You can also call one of the numbers near the bottom of this Web page.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. According to the International Labor Force, the money illegally acquired through human trafficking is estimated to be more than $35 billion.
Victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.
Human Trafficking in Ohio
This illegal multi-million dollar industry has largely been hidden in the shadows, but human trafficking cases have been reported in rural, urban and suburban communities in all 50 states. According to U.S. Federal Bureau of Information Crime Reports, Ohio has ranked as high as fifth among all states in total reported human trafficking cases, with Toledo being identified as the fourth highest ranking city in the nation for recruiting victims into the illegal trade.
Ohio’s Commitment to Combating Human Trafficking
This 51-minute video was created by Governor John R. Kasich’s Office, with assistance from the Ohio Department of Health and other agencies, to raise awareness of the growing problem of human trafficking and its effects on the residents of Ohio. It provides human trafficking definitions and warning signs. In addition, Gov. Kasich provides an introduction and three Ohio survivors share their stories. The video fulfills some continuing education requirements.
What You Can Do
Everyone has a role in ending human trafficking.
Youth are at the greatest risk for victimization, and it is through supporting youth that we move toward a safer world for everyone. Let youth know that you are available to talk to them about difficult topics, that they deserve to be safe, and that help is available if they need it. Model healthy relationships and speak up when people are not being respectful of others.
To report activity you think may be related to human trafficking or to seek help, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-3737-888. This 24-hour hotline sends information directly to Ohio’s local anti-trafficking coalitions. Warning signs of human trafficking can be found on the website for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Human Trafficking Commission . Print off the ODH Action Step Guide to learn about more ways you can fight human trafficking. Use the conversation starters in “Getting Started on Prevention” to guide your conversation with co-workers, friends, and family.
Human Trafficking Training for Ohio Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals
Public Health plays an important part of identifying labor and sex trafficking victims. According to a recent article in the “Annals of Health Law” journal, at least 88 percent of human trafficking victims have seen a healthcare worker. With this in mind, the Ohio Department of Health has developed the Ohio School Nurses Human Trafficking Training. Nurses can earn 4.25 continuing nursing education credits for the course. Social workers and counselors can also use these credits for their continuing education needs.
Additional Phone Resources
Victims of abuse and others can call:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit their on-line hotline at https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
- National Teen Dating Violence Hotline 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453
- Vets or Military – COD Safe Helpline 877-995-5247
- Report an Ohio prison sexual assault – 614-995-3584
- Report an Ohio Nursing Home Assault- 1-800-342-0553
- Questions about job discrimination, including abuse and harassment–Equal Employment Opportunity – 1-800-669-4000 or TTY 1-800-699-6820.
Additional Online Resources
For more information on human trafficking and how Ohio is working against it, including a variety of educational materials, please visit the Ohio Department of Health Human Trafficking Web page.
For more information about anti-human trafficking initiatives and local events around Ohio happening this month to honor human trafficking awareness, please visit the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force website.
Page updated: 1/15/2016