1,000 Kids a Year Forced Into Sex Slavery—in Ohio
Sweatshop labor also rampant in human trafficking hub
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2010 5:25 AM CST
Human trafficking is rampant in Ohio, according to a new report.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Each year in Ohio some 1,000 US-born children are forced into the sex trade and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited or pushed into sweatshop labor. Weak trafficking laws, poorly informed law enforcement, and the state's proximity to the Canadian border
combine to make Ohio a hub of human trafficking, according to a new report by a state commission.

"Ohio is not only a destination place for foreign-born trafficking victims, but it's also a recruitment place," the head of the study tells the AP. Ohio's rapidly growing immigrant population adds to trafficking networks; thanks to the nearby Toronto airport, a major international trafficking destination, Toledo ranks fourth among US cities for reported trafficking incidents. Compounding the problem, Ohio tends to treat child prostitutes as delinquents and imprison them rather than investigating the adults involved.

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Feb 12, 2010 12:32 PM CST
and people wonder why certain people are so cynical... its one thing if its in a third world country, its another thing if its in the US as a whole, but its the lowest the fact that its in one state. 50 states, and just one has 1000 child sex slaves. the police dont even care about it? despicable...
Feb 12, 2010 12:30 PM CST
First of all, until Obama, Ohio votes Republican. Remember all the hoopla about "if you can't take Ohio, you can't win...the road to the white house leads through Ohio." Ohio has always been a sewer for the environment, since the 1800's when it was settled by immigrants who were looking to get rich...all the industry and beer companies settled there and polluted the waters. Their laws alone prove that they don't give a crap about our childrens education or their safety. They care about money and not paying taxes...the numbers don't lie and their attitude is definitely not a liberal one, it's a hypocritical conservative one.
Feb 12, 2010 11:42 AM CST
no he was trolling, he is as anti-republican as some of us are anti liberal..and will blame anything no matterr how improbable on them if he can....common on bothe sides of the ideological fence