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Rescued Women Could Lead To New Human Trafficking Laws

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

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The discovery of three women in Cleveland who had been held captive for a decade or more is not going unnoticed by state lawmakers.

Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder tells Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles he’s been talking with Democratic State Representative Teresa Fedor about a possible human trafficking bill that would make it easier for law enforcement to discover these types of situations.

Batchelder: “This is unbelievable and I think we have to deal with the people who understand how to stop these things. We can’t stop all of them obviously but we can sure have a better system than one that sits for 20 years.

Ingles: “So the bill you are working on with Representative Fedor would largely involve the highway patrol and how to find out about these situations?”

Batchelder: “That is correct and it would largely be done by local police, sheriffs and so forth.”

Batchelder doesn’t have specifics on the proposed bill but says he wants to do more to make it easier for law enforcement and ordinary citizens to detect human trafficking situations.

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