CINCINNATI, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) delivered opening remarks at a summit on efforts to combat human trafficking in Ohio and throughout the United States held in Cincinnati today. Sponsored by Rights4Girls, The McCain Institute, and Google, the event featured Sen. Brown, Attorney General Mike DeWine, and Cindy McCain, along with other local and national leaders.
“Human trafficking is a serious problem that knows no borders – it affects communities across Ohio and throughout the United States,” said Brown. “The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which I supported, enhanced services for victims of human trafficking and for runaway youth who are especially vulnerable. It was a great step but putting an end to child sex trafficking will take a multifaceted approach. Today’s conference demonstrates how public-private partnerships can build effective coalitions to combat this problem and I will continue to support this and future initiatives to help prevent trafficking.”
Brown is working with local, state, and federal officials to ensure law enforcement have the resources they need and that victims have access to the services. Brown authored provisions included in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, which President Obama signed in May 2015. In July, he held a roundtable with community leaders, victim advocates and law enforcement officials to discuss efforts build a durable coalition that addresses the issue in Toledo.