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Many think of child sex trafficking as a problem in some foreign countries, but it also exists here. Ohio is ranked among the worst for child sex trafficking in the United States, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer and a report from the Ohio Attorney General’'s office.

  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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UPDATE 11:00 3/8/14:  DeWine out of the hospital and on his way home to Cedarville said spokeswoman Lisa Hackley.  Here is the full release:

"Attorney General Mike DeWine left The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati this morning after staying overnight for observation following a bout of vertigo.  He is feeling much better and is on his way home to Cedarville.

"Mike and Fran would like to extend their thanks to the caring staff at The Christ Hospital, and to all who expressed their good wishes.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said law enforcement in the state is strained because of declining resources to pay for cops on the street.

He was in Cincinnati Friday to deliver opening remarks at the Ohio FOP annual conference.  

“I think if you talk about the state of law enforcement, it is strained in this state,” DeWine said.  “There are probably fewer people in most departments than were there 5 years ago.”

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Former Hamilton County commissioner and Cincinnati councilman David Pepper has launched his campaign to unseat Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Monday, his campaign filed papers with the Ohio Secretary of State's office, so he can begin raising money for the 2014 campaign; and has launched a campaign website.

Pepper, who was in Cleveland Monday, told WVXU he wants "to be a real advocate for the working people of Ohio."