human trafficking

  This week the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is hosting the “Historians Against Slavery” conference, which is designed to facilitate dialogue, scholarship and action in an effort to end modern-day slavery. Joining us to discuss the continuing problem of slavery, in the United States and throughout the world, are Dr.

  Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar a year industry that forces the most vulnerable in our society, including millions of children, into modern-day slavery for labor or for sex. And it exists here in Greater Cincinnati. Joining us to look at the problem in our region, and what legal and social actions and programs are being used to combat it, are Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine; Erin Meyer, coalition manager for the anti-human trafficking coalition End Slavery Cincinnati; Julie Wilson, chief assistant prosecutor and public information officer with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’'s Office; and Cincinnati Union Bethel Executive Vice President and director of the agency’'s Off the Streets program, Mary Carol Melton.

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Heroin apparently drove a Pleasant Plain, Ohio woman to traffic her 11-year-old daughter to her alleged drug dealer inside a Colerain Avenue apartment.

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 A delegation from the Freedom Center met recently with activists in Greece, Lithuania and Romania, to talk about human trafficking.

Brooke Hathaway of the Freedom Center, who was among the three-member delegation, says they went to Eastern Europe to meet and thank the people who've been instrumental in combating human trafficking in those nations.  She says they wanted to learn from those people and to raise awareness of the problem back in the United States.


Dayton is now just the second city in Ohio with billboards publicizing the Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign. Though the program is state funded, money for the billboards had to be raised through donations.

VT human trafficking task force

Healthcare workers, children's services employees and law enforcement personnel are trying to determine how many Cincinnati children are victims of human trafficking. The local numbers are unclear. State officials say every year between 1,000 and more than 3,000 young girls fall victim.

Identifying the signs of human trafficking can be difficult. Dr. Bob Shapiro, Director of the Child Abuse team at Cincinnati Children's Mayerson Center lists some of them.