State Senator John Eklund (R-Chardon) today addressed the annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day conference at the Ohio Statehouse.
For the past two years, Eklund has served as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and has had extensive involvement in the passage of recent legislation aimed at combatting human trafficking in Ohio.
“Human Trafficking is modern day slavery and, unbeknownst to many Americans, is happening right under our noses and right here in our communities,” said Eklund. “It is important for all Ohioans to take a moment today, wherever they are, to learn the signs of trafficking and ways we can all be involved in preventing it.”
Eklund spoke on the importance of state and local laws working to reduce demand through strong sentencing and heightened public awareness to make Ohioans aware of the ways they can help end human trafficking in their communities.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline Resource center can be reached at 1-888-3737-888, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in order to report tips on possible human trafficking activity.
The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force has also set up a website with tools to help educate the public on recent state initiatives. Visit HumanTrafficking.Ohio.gov for more information.