Human Trafficking, Part 2: How Prevalent is Human Trafficking in Ohio and the U.S.?
Every year, an estimated 1,078 Ohio children are victims of human trafficking and another 3,016 children are at-risk of being victims. The most common age in Ohio for children to become victims, is just 13 years old.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has identified Toldeo, Ohio as a major recruitment site for human trafficking. Toldeo ranks 4th in the nation for human trafficking related arrests. This information might seem surprising, but Ohio is vulnerable to human trafficking for a number of reasons including:
- Several large urban areas (Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo)
- A large transient/immigrant population
- Numerous major highways
- Close proximity to the Canadian border
- Large population base
While the problems in Ohio can’t be ignored, this isn’t just an Ohio problem; all 50 states have reported cases of human trafficking. Nationwide, 200,000 people are currently trafficked in the United States and it’s estimated that 100,000 US children are sex trafficked.
Next week, we will explore human trafficking and its connection to the agriculture industry.