Human Trafficking Bill Signed

Human Trafficking Bill Signed

by Brittany Harris on December 23, 2010

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed Senate Bill 235 into law on Thursday.

The new law makes human trafficking a stand-alone felony offense and makes compelling a minor under the age of 16 to prostitution a first-degree felony. Kidnapping for the purpose of involuntarily servitude is now a first-degree felony offense as well.

The bill passed the Ohio Senate by a vote of 32-0 on December 1st and passed the Ohio House 96-0 this past week.

Ohio now joins 44 other states with felony trafficking offenses. Human trafficking is an issue that has come to national attention in recent years with high-profiled cases discovered in ohio. Toledo ranks the fourth in the nation for active investigations, arrests, and rescues of children who are forced in prostitution.