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Dave Yost, lawmakers announce initiatives targeting human trafficking

The proposed legislation separates the buying and selling of sex into different criminal offenses.
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COLUMBUS — Attorney General Dave Yost and the Ohio House and Senate Wednesday (Nov. 6) announced major legislative initiatives targeting human trafficking in Ohio.

The proposed legislation separates the buying and selling of sex into different criminal offenses, establishes a criminal offense for knowingly receiving proceeds from a prostitute and creates a public registry for arrests of johns, pimps and traffickers.

“Basic economics works under the premise of supply and demand — and right now we have a demand problem in Ohio,” Yost said in a news release. “Our goal is to reduce the demand, and in return rescue victims from this modern-day slavery. Making that a reality starts by unmasking and penalizing those who buy sex or profit from human trafficking.”

The legislative initiatives, introduced through two separate bills in the Ohio House, are sponsored by representatives Jena Powell, Rick Carfagna and Cindy Abrams.

“I am proud to stand with Attorney General Yost in his efforts to end human trafficking,” Carfagna said. “It’s time to hold accountable those who prey on the vulnerable and perpetuate this problem. Establishing a public database for johns, pimps, and traffickers will properly expose these criminals and cause others to think twice before engaging in illegal, exploitative behavior.”

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