Targeting the Vulnerable
Youth who are homeless, LGBTQ or victims of abuse and neglect are particularly vulnerable to this form of modern-day slavery.
Human Trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex. In cases involving minors, however, the use of force, fraud or coercion does not have to be present for the offense to be classified as human trafficking because a minor cannot legally consent.
It happens in small towns and big cities. Perpetrators can be of any race, ethnicity, gender or occupation, from corporate executives and business owners to gang members and even parents or family members of a victim.
Ohio has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the United States.
Human Trafficking is a hidden crime, meaning victims usually aren’t able or willing to come forward and seek help, or share their experiences after they escape. They may be afraid due to threats from their captors or they may be dependent on the food and shelter their captors provide in exchange for sex.
Here are some common indicators to help recognize human trafficking:
How to Get Help
If you are a victim of human trafficking or if you believe you may have information about a trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733).
This national, toll-free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. All reports are confidential, and you may remain anonymous.
If you suspect someone is in immediate danger, please call 911.
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