An estimated 1,078 children in Ohio are involved in human trafficking each year,
and Toledo is the 4th largest recruitment location in the country. Thousands of
Ohio’s children are at risk. Let’s do our part to end this form of modern-day slavery by showing our support for Ohio’s End Demand Act (HB 130).
HB 130 increases protection for Ohio’s trafficking survivors, particularly minors and survivors with developmental disabilities. It also improves services for survivors, eases the burden of proof for prosecutors, and increases the punishment for traffickers and men who pay for sex with children.
Ohio’s End Demand Act (HB 130) had its second hearing in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. It is up to us to keep the momentum going for this bill to become law.
Sign AAUW Ohio’s petition today in support of HB 130, to end the demand!
Background on HB 130
Sponsor Rep. Teresa Fedor
To amend the Revised Code to authorize a judge or magistrate to order the testimony of a victim of trafficking in persons to be taken by closed circuit television equipment under certain circumstances, to prohibit the disclosure of names or other information in a routine police report that is highly likely to identify an alleged delinquent child arrestee who is abused and under 18, to specify that a public children services agency or private child placement agency is not required to make reasonable efforts to prevent the removal of a child from the child’s home, eliminate the continued removal of a child from the child’s home, or return a child to the child’s home and that a court find that a child cannot be placed with either parent under specified circumstances, to extend the period within which a prosecution for trafficking in persons must be commenced from six to twenty years after the offense is committed, to specify that the Rape Shield Law applies to evidence of a rape victim’s involuntary sexual activity as well as evidence of a rape victim’s voluntary sexual activity, to prohibit the admission of evidence pertaining to a victim’s sexual activity in a case of trafficking in persons in the same manner as the Rape Shield Law does in a case of rape, to eliminate as an element of the offense of importuning the offender’s knowledge or reckless disregard of the age of the person importuned when the person importuned is a victim of trafficking in persons who is 16 or 17 years of age, to provide that a minor or developmentally disabled person is a victim of trafficking in persons if recruited or otherwise obtained or held to engage in certain specified sexual, nudity, or obscenity related activities, to include in the offense of promoting prostitution certain specified activities that through electronic means promotes or facilitates sexual activity for hire, to increase the penalty for soliciting when the person solicited is a minor, to create an affirmative defense that a defendant charged with soliciting or prostitution after a positive HIV test was being trafficked, to require offenders convicted of solicitation when the person solicited is under 18 years of age to register as sex offenders, to prohibit the advertisement of massage or massage techniques or methods unless certain circumstances apply, and to declare an emergency.