Today, Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) wrote to Governor John Kasich urging him to grant clemency to human trafficking survivor Alexis Martin. At the age of 16, Martin received a 21 years to life sentence in connection to the robbery and shooting of her trafficker.
“As we do always, but most especially today, it is important to shine a light on survivors and let them know we haven’t forgotten about them,” Senator Fedor wrote in her letter. “Victims, and most especially children, deserve to be rescued, not arrested. Alexis Martin deserves to be rescued.”
Today marks National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and the final day that Governor Kasich can grant clemency. Earlier this week, Kasich granted clemency to Thomia Hunter, a woman who served 15 years in prison for killing her abusive ex-boyfriend in an act of self-defense.
During her time in the Ohio General Assembly, Senator Fedor has championed laws to help curb human trafficking in Ohio and provide protections to survivors. Her Safe Harbor Act, a comprehensive human trafficking law, and End Demand Act, to increase penalties for purchasing sex from minors, were both signed into law by Kasich. Fedor is considered the leading legislative authority in Ohio on the issue of human trafficking.