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FBI estimates that 85 percent of commercial sex workers experience some degree
of force, fraud or coercion. Toledo, in particular, has a problem with sex
trafficking, but there are ways you can help fight it.
to Supervisory Senior Resident Agent David Dustin of the FBI, Toledo is an
origin city. Young boys and girls are often recruited and unknowingly groomed
for prostitution, and then taken from Toledo to larger cities.
Ohio Attorney General's Office had 30 human trafficking investigations in 2013,
and made 16 related arrests. But officials often rely on tips from the public
for these investigations.
article lists the steps you can take to reduce local sex trafficking:
websites such as Craigslist or Backpage for personal and escort ads. If these include
photos of what is clearly a child, flag the posts daily (some sites won't
remove the post until it has received several flags).
2) Take notes
and keep track of ads you see often. The article says willing advertisers may take
photos of themselves, while traffickers may pose the girls (or boys). You may
even notice bruises on the unwilling.
attempt to contact the people in the ads. Never attempt to bait or entrap them.
Your job is to make their online advertising more difficult so the business
suffers, not to police.
4) Look for
local sites, which may not have the resources needed to catch these trafficking
ads. Notify the site by flagging the post or sending a message.
your local lawmakers to find out what the laws are around sex trafficking.
Safe Harbor Laws to see if they affect your state. If not, write letters to
lawmakers about it.
For more information on
sex trafficking and prostitution in northwest Ohio, see our special