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Human Trafficking Resources

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Annually, the money illegally acquired through human trafficking is estimated to be more than $35 billion, which equals the profits earned by Starbucks, Google and Nike combined.

U.S. Human Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor or services against their will.  Victims of human trafficking include children and adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.

This illegal multi-million dollar industry has largely been hidden in the shadows, but human trafficking cases have been reported in all 50 states. Ohio has ranked as high as fifth among all states in total reported human trafficking cases with Toledo being identified as the fourth highest ranking city in the nation for recruiting victims into the illegal trade.

Everyone has a role in ending human trafficking. To report a tip, connect with anti-trafficking services in your area or for information about anti-trafficking resources, call the national hotline number at 1-888-373-7888. It’s toll free, confidential and available 24 hours a day.

To learn the warning signs of human trafficking visit Central Ohio Reach and Restore or The Polaris Project: http://www.polarisproject.org/.

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Ohio School Nurses' Human Trafficking Protocol

Ohio Department of Health Employee Training Handouts

Ohio Department of Health Human Trafficking Training - Resources Handout

Ohio Department of Health Human Trafficking Training -  Glossary of Definitions

Ohio Department of Health Human Trafficking Training – An Action Step Guide: Ten things You Need to Know to Help Stop Human Trafficking

Ohio Department of Health Human Trafficking Training – Ohio Attorney General David Yost's Palm Card


Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force

Governor John R. Kasich Task Force Recommendations

Ohio Attorney General David Yost Human Trafficking Commission 

U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Online Awareness Training

Polaris Project

Central Ohio Reach and Restore

U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Blue Campaign to end human trafficking

U.S. State Department, Trafficking In Persons Report June 2019

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Trafficking in Persons 

U.S. Department of Justice - Faces of Human Trafficking Training Series and Discussion 

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