Columbus Police Train to Combat Crimes in Human Trafficking

Law enforcement officials around the country are seeing an increase in human trafficking. Because of this growing criminal enterpise…the Columbus Division of Police is hosting a seminar for local law enforcement, prosecutors, health care providers, legislators, and victim advocates.

Katherine Kaufka is a staff attorney for the Midwest Immigrant and Human rights Center’s Human Trafficking Project in Chicago. She says, “men, women, and children are brought to this country and then held in situations where they are forced to perform sexual services or forced into different types of labor against their will.”

There are federal laws regarding human trafficking but the majority of states, including Ohio, have no laws specifically dealing with this crime.