COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it is taking new steps this year to rescue human trafficking victims in the state.
The state patrol has trained its troopers to recognize the signs of human trafficking during traffic stops. They are also working with Truckers Against Trafficking to make certain truck driver training schools provide at least one hour of trafficking awareness training.
Ohio Investigative Unit officers are also trained to watch for signs of trafficking at liquor establishments.
In 2015, law enforcement agencies across Ohio reported 102 human trafficking investigations. This led to 104 arrests, 33 successful prosecutions, and the identification of 203 potential victims.
To report a trafficking tip, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline Resource Center at 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733. The toll free number is available anywhere in the US, 24/7.