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A man accused of trafficking a 16-year-old girl in Raleigh, NC was arrested in Ohio and returned to Wake County to face charges of human trafficking involving a child victim. 

During the first week of the NCAA Men’s Basketball First Four in Dayton, law enforcement arrested 27 potential traffickers and purchasers of commercial sex.

On Mar. 1, a Toledo man was indicted on federal charges of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child after taking and advertising sexually explicit photos of a minor who had run away from home and facilitating dozens of commercial sex acts.

The Metro-Richland County (METRICH) Enforcement Unit is investigating a business in Mansfield advertised as a “massage parlor” and plans to work with the FBI to identify any links to human trafficking. 

On Feb. 24, a Lima woman was indicted on 45 felony charges, including trafficking in persons, for trafficking her 12-year-old daughter in exchange for drug money to a man who is now serving 30 years in prison for sex crimes against children.


Crime Victims’ Rights Toolkit
The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center developed a self-help resource to help victims of Ohio and federal crimes understand and exercise their rights. Users can input information related to the crime they have been affected by to view a specialized listing of all rights and other resources.

Meetings & EVENTS

ABC’s American Crime Series
Season 3 Premiere: Mar. 12, 10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET (Airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST)

Polaris Project partnered with the team of ABC’s crime series, “American Crime,” to develop its third season focused on issues surrounding modern-day slavery.

6th Annual World Race for Hope Columbus!
Apr. 8, 10 a.m. @ 400 W Whittier St. Columbus, OH

The Free To Run Foundation is hosting its 6th annual race to support anti-trafficking activities in Central Ohio. Interested participants can learn more and register here before April 7. 

Women of Power Conference
Apr. 9-10, 3 p.m. @ Marriott at Key Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH

Rising Media, LLC is hosting a Women of Power Conference, featuring keynote speaker Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee who has devoted her life to assisting those enslaved by the “Lord’s Resistance Army” in Uganda and South Sudan.

Human Trafficking Panel Discussion
Apr. 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. @ Unity of Medina, 787 Lafayette Rd. Medina, OH 

The Medina Coalition Against Human Trafficking is hosting a human trafficking panel discussion. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. Contact Jean Bayer at for more information.

March for Freedom Columbus
May 7, 2 p.m. @ Columbus City Hall, 90 W Broad St. Columbus, OH

March for Freedom Columbus is hosting its 3rd annual march to raise awareness of human trafficking. View additional details and register here

SAVE THE DATE: Frontline To Freedom – Labor Trafficking
Jun. 8, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ RiverTree Christian Church, 7373 Portage St. NW, Massillon, OH

The Children’s Network of Stark County, Stark County Juvenile Human Trafficking Task Force, Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services are hosting a labor trafficking training. CEUs, CMEs and CLEs are available.  

SOAP for Hope Youth Film Festival
Submissions due: May 8, 8 p.m.

Festival: Jun. 17, 11 a.m. @ The Gateway Theater, 1550 N High St. Columbus, OH

Youth ages 10-24 years old are invited to create and submit a video, film or PSA examining the topics of labor or sex trafficking in the U.S. Selected entries will be shown at the free SOAP for Hope Youth Film Festival.