What we know, thanks to a handful of local researchers, is that Fairlawn and East Avenue in Akron top the list of secondary and tertiary locations in sex-trafficking advertisements posted on Back. Along with high-ranking locales Cleveland and North Canton, the Akron geographic points are ideal because of their proximity to the highway.
It works to educate the community so people can recognize and assist victims. It wants people to understand human trafficking in Summit County, like everywhere, is on the rise.
On Saturday, Jan. Of those, about 1, Ohio minors are sex trafficked, and more than 2, others are at risk. Overall, Ohio ranks fourth in the country for of substantive calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
From December to Marchthey read posted in the escort section of Back. As they sifted throughthey input data into a spreheet by hand.
If they had copied and pasted, it would have skewed data the FBI is continuously gathering from the site. They collected nearly 35, independent data points from nearly 3.
with many emojis were usually posted by women; roses represent money and victims are sometimes branded with tattoos. When an ad contained a photo with a blurred face, it was likely trafficking .
Most are posted on Monday, followed by FridayMost advertised locations are near major highway systems, with many near hotels and motelsFairlawn was identified in ; Cleveland was named in ; North Canton was ; and East Avenue in Out of 81 area codes, had the most posting at 1,; was posted times; and timesFaces were shown in 66 percent of White females were depicted in almost 62 percent of.
Once the data was collected, the researchers wrote a report available here, and presented their findings to local law enforcement and the FBI. They also developed the Human Trafficking Service Matrix Resource Guide, available here, for service providers that the roles of the local participating agencies and offers information on how to respond to the needs of a human trafficking victims.
The group concluded that frontline agencies and advocacy groups working together with the general public could ificantly decrease human trafficking, with awareness, education and prevention programs key. An extensive list is published in the report.
Although Back no longer has an escort section in its onlinesex trafficking can still be found in its dating section. The shield would only be removed if the company knowingly supported online sex trafficking and violated federal sex trafficking laws. The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved the bill last November.
Members of the collaborative are giving presentations and the group hosts events around the county. Apisa encourages everyone to learn how to identify human trafficking and how to protect children.
To book Apisa or a speaker from the Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, call or send an. Bedford Road in Macedonia.
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