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House Bill 130, The End Demand Act, was signed into law June 20th, 2014! The new law makes it easier to prosecute traffickers of minor victims by removing the need to prove compulsion for victims under 16 years old engaging in commercial sex, removing the need to prove compulsion for 16 and 17 year olds if the trafficker was in a position of authority over the minor (parent, teacher, coach, etc.), by adding fraud to the state definition of trafficking for all victims, and by making purchasing sex with a minor a felony violation. Click to read the Provisions of the End Demand Act.

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Representative Theresa Fedor recently spoke with End Slavery Cincinnati to discuss her personal interest in human trafficking and her efforts to support effective human trafficking legislation at the state level.  Click to read the full interview.

This June HB59, the budget, was passed with the following provisions supporting human trafficking efforts included:

  • Extended the statute of limitations for trafficking in persons from six years to 20 years after the offense is committed.2901.13(A)(3)(a)
  • Eliminated a requirement that for an offense to be considered human trafficking, a victim must be transported across county or state lines. 2907.22(A)(3)
  • Mandates that content regarding human trafficking prevention be added to every public school’s in-service training program inschool safety and violence prevention, which many school employees are required to complete. 3319.073(B)
  • Authorized the appropriation for the Victims of Human Trafficking asset seizure fund, the fund created in last year’s HB 262to assist victims. 301.173

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Ohio AG Awards $50K for Anti-Human Trafficking Prevention

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Bill Schinkal, Communications Manager
The Salvation Army, 114 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH
513-762-5638; Bill.Schinkal@use.salvationarmy.org

Captives Free 2013 Fundraising Event to Benefit Local Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
Proceeds to Support End Slavery Cincinnati Coalition, Managed by The Salvation Army

Cincinnati, OH (September xx, 2013) –The Salvation Army in Cincinnati announced today that it will benefit from Captives Free 2013, a local fundraiser hosted by Incline Creative to combat local human trafficking. The event, a masquerade to be held on October 24, 2013, will be at The Bell Event Centre, downtown. The event will feature live music, food and beverages, a fashion show and a silent auction.

“We’re delighted that The Bell Event Centre and Incline Creative are helping to raise funds to combat modern day slavery in our own community,” stated Erin Meyer, Human Trafficking Program Manager at The Salvation Army and Coalition Manager at End Slavery Cincinnati (ESC). “The Salvation Army and the ESC collaborative are working daily to increase awareness of the reality of modern day slavery, and to provide support services to survivors. We certainly appreciate the efforts of others to help us raise funds for this important work.”

“We care deeply about our local community,” stated Christy Cafeo, Hospitality Director at Incline Creative and Owner of The Bell Event Centre. “So we’re glad we have the opportunity to make a difference and give back. Human Trafficking is truly an issue that we can all get behind; therefore, we want to support the efforts being undertaken locally by ESC and The Salvation Army.”

Captives Free 2013 is a masquerade event that will be held at The Bell Event Centre on Thursday, October 24th. The doors open at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception for VIP ticket holders, with the main event starting at 7:00 pm. The fashion show will be presented by Sloane Boutique and Style Edit. Live music will feature Tracy Walker. Tickets are $65 each for general admission or $100 each for VIP admission. To purchase tickets, please visit www.cincyticket.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1703. The event welcomes those who are willing to be “Ticket Captains” and help spread the word and sell more tickets – please contact Erin Meyer @ erin.meyer@use.salvationarmy.org if you’d like to help support the event.

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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. On the national level, about 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmycincinnati.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/salvationarmycincinnati.

About End Slavery Cincinnati:
End Slavery Cincinnati (ESC) strives to eliminate human trafficking in the Greater Cincinnati area through increased community education and service coordination. ESC, launched in 2007 as a part of the Department of Health and Human Services national Rescue and Restore Campaign, provides human trafficking trainings and presentations to service providers, faith based communities, medical professionals, universities, and law enforcement; coordinates victim services; and organizes events to raise awareness to inform the community about human trafficking. You can learn more at www.endslaverycincinnati.org, and follow ESC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ESCincinnati.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Bill Schinkal, Communications Manager

The Salvation Army, 114 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH

513-762-5638; Bill.Schinkal@use.salvationarmy.org

 

The Salvation Army Supports Survivors of Anti-Human Trafficking Sting in Cincinnati

Coordinated Effort to Provide Services to Survivors of Sex Trafficking Identified by the FBI 

Cincinnati, OH (August 1, 2013) – In response to the recent arrests of human traffickers in the Greater Cincinnati area, The Salvation Army announced today the involvement of its Anti-Human Trafficking Program in the coordination and provision of services for the survivors identified locally.  The Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking Program staff and volunteers coordinated with the Cincinnati FBI Office, Cincinnati Police Department, and Sharonville Police Department to provide services and support for the survivors during the operation, and to provide aftercare for the survivors upon their identification.

In addition, The Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking Program, as a part of End Slavery Cincinnati, coordinated with the International Association of Forensic Nurses to ensure that medical assessments and care would be available to survivors on location.

Through the Anti-Human Trafficking Program, services for shelter, substance abuse treatment, food, clothes, counseling, and other longer-term services, such as case management, employment readiness, and education assistance, will be coordinated for these survivors to support their recovery.

“Supporting and empowering survivors of sex trafficking, labor trafficking and exploitation on the streets is the main goal of the Anti-Human Trafficking Program,” explained Erin Meyer, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Manager at The Salvation Army. “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity provided by this law enforcement operation to connect our city’s survivors with local resources.”

Though many survivors were rescued or connected with resources as a result of the collaboration with this operation, there are more victims being exploited out on the streets.  The staff at The Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking Program encourage all residents to contact the 24 hour local hotline to report suspicious behavior, to receive crisis intervention, to access referrals and resources for survivors, and to get more information about human trafficking in the area. The hotline number is 513-800-1863.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program, please visit http://salvationarmycincinnati.org or End Slavery Cincinnati at http://www.endslaverycincinnati.org .

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About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmycincinnati.org.

About End Slavery Cincinnati: 
End Slavery Cincinnati (ESC) strives to eliminate human trafficking in the Greater Cincinnati area through increased community education and service coordination. ESC, launched in 2007 as a part of the Department of Health and Human Services national Rescue and Restore Campaign, provides human trafficking trainings and presentations to service providers, faith based communities, medical professionals, universities, and law enforcement; coordinates victim services; and organizes events to raise awareness to inform the community about human trafficking. You can learn more at www.endslaverycincinnati.org, and follow ESC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ESCincinnati.