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Measure Requiring More DNA Collection Could Help Fight Human Trafficking

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Andy Chow
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Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the Ohio Statehouse

The state says nearly 1,100 Ohio children become victims of human trafficking each year, and another three-thousand are at risk. Lawmakers are pushing for a new tool that they say can help in a big way in the fight against human trafficking. 

During the state’s annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor said the state has taken many steps on this crisis, from posting information in high-profile areas to requiring continued education for peace officers and hair stylists. 

“It is not acceptable for any of us, our children or our grandchildren and we all want a better future for them. And together we will continue to fight modern day slavery,” said Taylor.

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Credit Karen Kasler
Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (left to right)

But a national group gives Ohio a “C” grade in its efforts. Democratic Representative Teresa Fedor of Toledo, who has lead the charge on this issue for years, says the next move is to require the collection of DNA from people who commit crimes related to paid sexual services, public indecency and voyeurism.