State aims to combat human trafficking in NW Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is stepping up its fight against human trafficking.

The state this past week approved spending a combination of state and federal money to back a 24-hour shelter in Toledo for young runaways and raise awareness about human trafficking.

Toledo Area Ministries plans to use the money to expand the hours for its drop-in shelter for runaways.

The group’s youth services director tells The Blade (http://bit.ly/15VbebP ) newspaper in Toledo the shelter tries to help the young people with food and first-aid as well as providing a safe place to stay.

The state also is working with children’s advocacy centers across Ohio and will give $500,000 over the next two years to 26 centers so that they can help young victims and their families.

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Information from: The Toledo Free Press.

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