According to Ohio's Human Trafficking Taskforce, Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery when people profit from the control and exploitation of others.
Victims are trapped or deceived by traffickers through force, fraud, trickery, or coercive threats. Even if victims initially consent, they do not realize that later they will be treated most cruelly and exploited for labor and/or commercial sex.
Children and adults who are sold into prostitution, pornography, and sex entertainment are victims of sex trafficking. "Traffickers" can be family members, boyfriends, or pimps who profit through this exploitation. It is common for underage children to be sold by the hour for $400 or more with the average age of initiation into prostitution being 13 years old.
America’s fascination with pornography and prostitution is linked to demand. Those who purchase sex or pornography are fueling the commercial sex industry and contributing to the exploitation of America’s children. Buyers are all ages, occupations, socioeconomic levels, and ethnicities.
Children and adults who are exploited through extremely low or unpaid labor are victims of labor trafficking. They can be found working in agriculture, factories, sweatshops, childcare, landscaping, food service, and other activities.
The ratio of sex workers to laborers around the world is 1:9.
If you think Human trafficking does not happen in Ohio, think again. Criminals who are involved in trafficking other human beings prey upon those already at risk. Each year, an estimated 1,078 Ohio children become human trafficking victims. This does not include the 3,016 more children who are at risk.
- Ohio has an extensive interstate system, with 5 that intersect at different points in the state
- Ohio is easily accessible from Canada through Michigan
- Ohio has the most truck stops in the U.S.
- Much of the sex trafficking of minors happens at truck stops
- Ohio has the fifth most strip clubs in the U.S.
- Ohio has high levels of poverty and was ranked 42 out of 50 in “children’s vulnerability to homelessness.”
- Ohio is within a one day drive to many major cities in the U.S. including Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and New York City
*Statistics from ODJFS Foster Care ParentTraining and Shared Hope International
Possible Warning Signs of Human Trafficking:
- Significantly older boyfriend
- Submissive, afraid, nervous
- Travel with older male (not guardian)
- Chronic runaway
- Multiple delinquent charges
- Specially marked tattoos
- Substance abuse
- History of sexual abuse or rape
- Difficulty in school or dropping out
- Show signs of physical or mental abuse
- Avoid eye contact and conversations
- Fearful of law enforcement
- Has expensive clothing or jewelry (which does not fit age and social history)
If you think you may have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking or you, yourself may be a victim, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at: 1-888-3737-888. You may remain anonymous. Please call 911 if an emergent situation.
Get More Involved:
The Medina County Coalition Against Human Trafficking is a group of concerned individuals who have come together to raise awareness and educate the Medina community about Human Trafficking. The group is also creating a Medina County network of local agencies to respond and help trafficked victims.
If you would like to help end human trafficking, please join us by attending a general meeting. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 9:00 A.M. at the Medina County University Service Center at 6300 Technology Lane, Medina.
If you would like more information or are interested in a Human Trafficking Information Session, please call at 330-764-8891 ext. 214.
For Further Information:
National Human Trafficking
Resource Center Hotline: