This week, Senate Bill 247, introduced by state Senators Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), was referred to the Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions committee. This legislation aims to reduce the demand for human trafficking by focusing on sex buyers.
“Individuals who purchase sex are fueling the commercial sex industry and contributing to the exploitation of America’s women and children, and increasingly men and boys,” said Senator Fedor. “Ohio remains focused on making progress in fighting against the scourge of Human Trafficking. SB 247 is part of Ohio’s comprehensive effort to combat it through a victim-centered approach by holding offenders accountable.”
Currently, under Ohio law, both buyers and victims can be charged for solicitation. Senate Bill 247 separates the two charges and increases penalties for buyers. The bill also creates a Sexual Exploitation Public Database and a new charge for receiving proceeds of prostitution.