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February 2023 Human Trafficking Update


Six men were arrested following a sting operation conducted by the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. 

A Cleveland man has been charged in a 10-count indictment with human trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, compelling prostitution, robbery, and assault. 

An investigation by the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force led to 11 individuals indicted on 38 charges including conspiracy, promoting prostitution, money laundering, and tax fraud. 

A Cleveland man has been charged with running a human trafficking ring and tattooing his victims with the name of his business. 

Two men plead guilty to human trafficking at a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) station in Cleveland. 

tools & technical assistance

Look Beneath the Surface Image Library
The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) released the Look Beneath the Campaign Image Library which can be used in human trafficking public awareness and outreach material.

Office on Trafficking in Persons Annual Report 2021
The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) released its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2021.

Human Trafficking Leadership Academy
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center application for the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy (HTLA) is now available. 

meetings & events

Unchained Fashion Show 2023
March 5, 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., The Ohio State Union, Great Hall Meeting Room, 1739 North High Steet Columbus, OH 43210
Registration is now open for The Ohio State University Unchained Fashion Show. 

The 2023 Romero Human Rights Award Ceremony and Symposium
March 24, 2:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., University of Dayton Human Rights Center, Keller Hall, 300 College Park Dayton, OH 45469
Registration is open for the 2023 Romero Human Rights Award ceremony and symposium.

Applications in Resilience 
March 28, 10 a.m. - noon., virtual 
Advocating Opportunity will host an 8-part series of trainings on Applications in Resilience

Trauma Responsive Care Training
March 29, 6:30 p.m., location tbd 
She Has a Name will host a Trauma Responsive Care Training.

Freedom Network National Conference
April 17 - 18, Washington D.C.
Registration is open for the Freedom Network National Conference.