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Govenor Kasich Signs Stricter Human Trafficking Law

Yesterday, Gov. John R. Kasich signed House Bill 262 (Fedor) into law. The legislation is a crucial piece of a broad effort to end human trafficking in Ohio. The law not only make human trafficking a first degree felony with mandatory prison term of 10 to 15 years but also will make those convicted of promoting prostitution or sex trafficking as registered sex offenders.

Joining Kasich for the bill signing at the Toledo Area Ministries (TAM) offices was bill sponsor, Rep. Teresa Fedor, Sen. Mark Wagoner, Sen. Capri Cafaro, Rep. Mike Ashford, human trafficking survivor Marlene Carson, and Rev. Stephen Anthony of TAM.

Prior to the signing, Kasich was delivered a report from the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, which includes 26 recommendations intended to compliment HB 262 in implementing strategies to help victims and prevent human trafficking.

Prostitution Ring Targets High School Girls

Nashville, Tennessee police have arrested 45-year-old Teresa West and her two adult children on charges of trafficking for sexual servitude. The police said they were prostituting a 16-year-old girl they recruited from a local high school.

The police suspect more minors may have been recruited by the Wests.

Sharlene Azam, author of Oral Sex is the New Goodnight Kiss, said underage prostitution in white, middle-class neighborhoods is more common than many want to believe.

“I am finding that middle-class girls from functional families in good neighborhoods are being drawn into prostitution by all kinds of people,” she said. “There are recruiters in schools, other teenage girls, who might be telling your daughter, ‘You’re already having sex, why don’t you get paid for it’?”

Source: CitizenLink Daily, August, 21, 2009