Report shows human trafficking victims under 6 years old in Ohio

1,100 children are forced into the sex trade each year in Ohio; 13 is the most-common age for children to be victimized.
TNS Regional News
Jul 11, 2014


A disturbing new report says 51 potential minor human trafficking victims — five of them age 6 and under — were discovered over a nine-month period through a statewide first-response network.

The information comes from the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Center, which has a state contract to screen children who are referred by law enforcement, children’s service agencies, and others.

Statistics from the July 2013 to March 2014 found 51 minors identified as possible human trafficking victims. While the majority were 13 to 18 years old, five of the victims were age six and under. All but 1 of the 51 cases involved females. They came from both urban and rural areas.

Information on three of the five youngest victims indicated they were trafficked sexually by one or both of their parents in “exchange for drugs, rent, goods or money,” explained Amy Deverson Roberts of the Children’s Advocacy network. She said some cases have been referred for prosecution and others are pending. She could not release specifics about any of the cases.

The suspected victims were referred for help to law enforcement, children’s services, mental health providers and other agencies as needed, Robert said.

“It’s all about collaboration to provide the best services for victims,” she said.

The network last year received a $523,000, two-year grant from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide training to detect signs of trafficking, do education programs, and handle child referrals. The grant resulted from a human trafficking task force and executive order issued by Gov. John Kasich.

Officials estimated that 1,100 children are forced into the sex trade each year in Ohio; 13 is the most-common age for children to be victimized.


By Alan Johnson - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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swiss family

yes we have such a good and well thought out system in place now.... we have political parties that seem to be getting stronger and dumber by the day.. saying "abortion is wrong" well it is wrong.. so what are we going to do then with all of the babies?? it looks like someone has found a profitable way to use them this what we want?? are we glad, and do you think these kids are glad that they were given birth just to be mentally,l physically and sexually abused every day of their lives??? I would bet that they ask themselves daily.."why was I even born??"

wouldn't it have been kinder to give out free birth control pills?? wouldn't it have been better to give free "morning after " pills so in case the cells are splitting, flush them out before they become a human being, instead of this.. I know some think it is kinder to allow them to develop even if they are only 1 dy pregnant.. really they have no brain and no heart.. and we are allowing your employer to dictate his religious beliefs onto their employees??? really??? to me that crosses a line.. you work for someone , but don't have to believe everything that they do UNLESS they want to adopt you and of course treat you like they treat their own sons and daughters who probably don't work and have everything they need and want...


Dont use pedophilia as a promotion for abortion...

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I agree Nikki, Swiss has a distorted comparison.

swiss family

birth control is NOT abortion... sorry unless of course you are listening to the 3 stooges Bill Rush and Glenn, which obviously you are..

JMOP's picture

Swiss, they would sell their birth control for a pill that gets them high anyways.

If an adult can't afford birth control for $9 a month, than maybe the last thing on their mind should be sex.


I agree.

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eat my shorts

It makes absolutely no difference what birth control costs. People are going to have sex with the same frequency as always because it's a hard wired instinct to do so. Without that instinct the human race would die out. For proof, you don't need to look any further than our country's social programs. This country will forever drown financially to support children that were brought into this world by irresponsible parents. China is another shining example of the war against irresponsible reproduction. Without having a communist government to dictate their 1 child per family law, they would continue to easily overpopulate.


How about free vasectomies? LOL

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now that's something to be cranky about

Chef Julio

Swiss, you sound like a good old union hack. The employee deserves EVERYTHING and the employer has no say. Funny, that seems backwards.

Show me where in the Constitution it says that employees have a 'RIGHT!' to whatever they want from the employer.

Find another job.

Quit dumping your hateful politics in the comment sections.


way to defend you corporate masters in this modern day feudalism know as a corportacracy. Unions are a double edge sword but the fact is they built the middle class either directly or indirectly because the rich want more for themselves and less for every one else. If that wasn't the case why has the executive pay gone up over 300% and the workers who actually get the work done their pay has stayed the same at best. Insurance is your compensation as is your pension if you are lucky enough to still have one.
Tell me why Costco can afford to pay their workers 19 a hour but sam's club cant pay the same when their workers do the same job and the waltons have 4 slots on the top ten richest people? It is sad this country doesn't value work anymore.


"But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason it will never, ever, EVER be fixed.

It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got.

Because the owners, the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now, the BIG owners! The Wealthy… the REAL owners! The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.

Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the b***s.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don’t want:

They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. Thats against their interests.

Thats right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting f***ed by a system that threw them overboard 30 f***ing years ago. They don’t want that!

You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly s****y jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this f***ing place! It's a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.

By the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care! Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means, continue to elect these rich c**k suckers who don’t give a f*** about you….they don’t give a f*** about you… they don’t give a F*** about you.

They don’t care about you at all… at all… AT ALL. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Thats what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue d**k thats being jammed up their a******* everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.

It's called the American Dream,because you have to be asleep to believe it."
George Carlin

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I started reading about people of great accomplishment... and it dawned on me suddenly that the person who has the most to do with what happens in your life is you.
~Benjamin Carson

I prefer Carson's take over Carlin. Blaming "The Man" only keeps people down. No would would try if they believe they won't get to the top. What a shame that would be to the future Zuckerbergs, Jobs, Gates, Edisons and countless others of our America.

I'm not sure how trafficking children has come down corporate America. That really took a turn.

swiss family

Chef... you must be a special , simple kind of Dunb....(sp).. I love how you stand by the Constitution, because that is the document that our fore fathers worked so Feverishly over to make sure that generation long after they were gone would have an outline by which to adhere to to govern themselves by .. to keep themselves on track... and then directly after that patriotic stance you took , within the next 12 words to me, you striped me of my constitutional rights of free speech???? you are one big old mess of confusing then are you saying that everyone has a right to voice their opinions, as long as they agree with you???Sadly for you .. your type of politics and mine are the same.. they are both ..classified as "freedom and by that your definition seems to be "limited" freedom... which is impossible to have... because freedom is not free when it has restrictions...


No one is saying you can't buy your own "morning after pill".
Where is it the employers responsibility to pay for recreation anyways?
Funny how they will and have before paid for 16 of the 20 forms of birth control, yet everyone feels they should get all choices free.
I say cut all employer insurance programs, raise the wage to equal out, then people will take EXTRA care of what they eat, smoke, drink or screw. Plan family and care expenses more carefully and if they don't? They do without some other expenditure.
You can't fix stupid!

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eat my shorts

Spend some time talking to people who work in human resources and you'll find out that it's cheaper for a company to pay for birth control than to have employees taking advantage of the family medical leave act. Thanks to Bill Clinton, fathers are now able to take months off of work each time a child is born. That's a lot of time that company's need to pay overtime and fool around adjusting work assignments.

Then there's the simple fact that it's cheaper to pay for birth control than all the expenses related to child birth itself, which is very costly for company sponsored health insurance to cover. It would be easy to say take away the insurance, but then people wouldn't go to the doctor or participate in pro wellness programs that save the company from expensive lost work time.


In Indonesia if they traffic in drugs it's the death penalty. I think trafficking in people, especially children, should be death to the traffickers worldwide...whether their selling or buying.


In Indonesia if they traffic in drugs it's the death penalty. I think trafficking in people, especially children, should be death to the traffickers worldwide...whether their selling or buying.


In Indonesia if they traffic in drugs it's the death penalty. I think trafficking in people, especially children, should be death to the traffickers worldwide...whether their selling or buying.


you want to murder people for voluntary exchange? Usually no one forces one to take drugs, but once they are a addict then they become a victim? They did it to themselves! Darwinism! let them parish for being stupid!


There is no possible rehabilitation for anyone that buys & sells small children for sex , impossible, death penalty is the answer.