COLUMBUS, Ohio – About 1,000 American-born children are forced into the sex trade in Ohio every year and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited and pushed into sweatshop-type jobs, a new report on human trafficking in the state said Wednesday.
Ohio's weak laws on human trafficking, its growing demand for cheap labor and its proximity to the Canadian border are key contributors to the illegal activity, according to a report by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission.
"Ohio is not only a destination place for foreign-born trafficking victims, but it's also a recruitment place," said Celia Williamson, an associate professor at the University of Toledo who led the research.
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Answer by Crissy1213 at 9:33 PM on Feb. 10, 2010
Strickland signed a law last year. Many have said it isn't enough.
Strickland’s bill deals only with human trafficking as it applies to the sex trade. The bill specifically defines “human trafficking” as the commission of at least two felony offenses designed to force a victim into prostitution or pornography.
Michigan is developing stricter laws as we speak because of areas like Toledo.. Toledo especially has become a 'hub' for this despicable behavior some articles I have read and said because of lacking jobs, depressed urban areas, easy accessibility to many highways, and access to Canada... This area also has a growing meth problem..
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Answer by sati769leigh at 9:36 PM on Feb. 10, 2010
About the newer law:
Kathleen Davis, an advocate for a state law, said the existing statutes can cover only certain aspects of the crime, such as rape and assault. "But the biggest problem is we don't have a clearer definition of human trafficking because of existing laws already defining prostitution, and the pimps are smart. They know the law,'' she said.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:38 PM on Feb. 10, 2010
Thought this only happens in places like Haiti
Go figure the chirstian nation is just as abusive
Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 PM on Feb. 10, 2010
This is just crazy to me!
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