Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 9:20 AM
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has created the network of first responders that will assist victims of human trafficking. From member station WYSO Jerry Kenney reports that the state will work with the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers.
The announcement was made at Michael’s House in Fairborn - a place where abused children can get counseling, mental health and medical services. Michael’s House is one of 24 Children’s Advocacy Centers the state is now working with.
Michael Colbert is Director for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. He says the trafficking network would serve a different purpose than foster care programs already in place.
“That system was designed for those young people in the case of abuse and neglect to have another home, whether its residential facility or whether its foster care. It was not really designed to wrap services around those individuals who have been in human trafficking.”
As of September there have only been 15 arrests for human trafficking in Ohio this year, but officials believe the problem is much more widespread.
John Born, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety says Governor John Kasich human trafficking task force set up 2 years ago was a step in the right direction.
“I think the progress, is really two-fold - one - a greater recognition. Many people had no idea this was going on and is going on really close to home.
And Born hopes this collaborative effort will reduce the threat and the impact of human trafficking.
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