COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is partnering with libraries, highway rest areas, clinics and facilities overseen by state agencies to build awareness about human trafficking.
Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) office made the announcement Thursday, during an annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Statehouse.
Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor.
Kasich's office says the goals of the awareness campaign are to educate people on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, how to report it and how to direct victims to available services and treatment.
For instance, the Ohio Turnpike Commission plans to place posters in its service plazas. Posters will be sent to about 730 Ohio libraries, and the state's public safety agency will make 5,000 posters available to people.