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Ohio given "C" for human trafficking response

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National survey released on Thursday ranks state laws, efforts

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite gains in anti-human trafficking work across the United States, efforts in Ohio remain mediocre.
Ohio was one of 17 states to earn a “C” on Shared Hope International’s “Protected Innocence Challenge,” which was released Thursday. The report card, which started two years ago, grades states’ laws on reducing demand, punishing human traffickers and protecting young victims of human trafficking — the act of selling a person for labor or sex.
For the first time, three states received an “A” on the report — Louisiana, Tennessee and Washington. Only six states received failing grades in the 2013 report compared to 26 in 2011.
The report says Ohio still lags in penalizing johns who purchase sex from young victims and punishing facilitators who financially benefit from human trafficking.
Ohio was one of the last states in the nation to enact a law criminalizing human trafficking in 2010.

Associated Press

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