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. According to the Polaris Project, Ohio ranks among the top ten states for number of calls made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
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.
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Ohio Department of Health Employee Training Handouts
State and National Human Trafficking Resources: More information can be found on their websites.
- Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force
- Governor Mike DeWine's Human Trafficking Executive Order 2021-02D and Priorities
- Ohio Attorney General David Yost Human Trafficking Initiative
- Central Ohio Reach and Restore Coalition
- Polaris Project — National Coalition responding to sex and labor trafficking and operates the national human trafficking hotline.
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Blue Campaign to end human trafficking. Campaign materials include training and awareness materials.
- U.S. State Department, Trafficking In Persons Report July 2021 and includes trends during COVID-19 Pandemic
- 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
- Questions about job discrimination, including abuse and harassment? Contact Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 1-800-669-4000.