July 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio task force investigating human trafficking in that state says nearly 800 immigrants a year are forced into the sex trade or sweatshop-type jobs.
The report by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission released Wednesday also finds that more than 1,000 children born in Ohio are forced into the sex trade each year. The commission estimates that hundreds more immigrants and Ohio children are at-risk of being forced into sex trafficking or to work against their will in fields, restaurants, sweatshops or construction sites.
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray formed the commission. Its report says Ohio's human trafficking laws are weak and police agencies often don't recognize human trafficking.