COLUMBUS—The Senate today concurred with House changes to Senate Bill 5. The bill, sponsored by State Senators Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) and Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) strengthens criminal penalties for individuals who are convicted of promoting prostitution in Ohio. The bill now heads to the Governor for a signature.
The bill would prohibit any person from knowingly taking part in the creation or operation of any enterprise that facilitates engagement in sexual activity for hire, such as a brothel.
"Often collecting the evidence required to prove human trafficking places a threat to the victim's safety and well-being," said Senator Dolan. “When this bill is signed into law, it will give law enforcement another tool to keep human traffickers off the street.”
The Department of Homeland Security, as well as federal and local law enforcement agencies, have played critical roles in the development of Senate Bill 5 and a driving force behind increasing penalties of these heinous crimes.
"Prostitution is directly linked to human trafficking, and stronger penalties are needed to help stop this cruel industry from trapping its victims in a vicious cycle of abuse and forced crime," said Senator Kunze.