A forum held on Saturday at Defiance College said thta Rural northwest Ohio is becoming the fastest growing area for human trafficking in the state.
Apparently, so much emphasis to combat trafficking was put on large areas like Toledo that traffickers are moving to northwest Ohio where they hope they will be able to operate unnoticed.
The human trafficking forum was sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition, Legal Aid of Western Ohio Human Trafficking Protection Project, Family Justice of Northwest Ohio, Defiance College and Children’s Lantern.
Those who attended heard several statistics about trafficking such as each year 100,000–300,000 U.S. children are at high risk for commercial sex exploitation. The average entry age into prostitution is 12–14.
Anyone who suspects trafficking is happening is encouraged to call the confidential National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll free at 888–373-7888.