My desire is to advance policy efforts to eliminate all forms of modern day slavery. According to WKBN, a Youngstown, OH news outlet, Ohio ranks number five in the nation for the most human trafficking cases. The problem is so big that a Human Trafficking Task Force was formed through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The operation utilizes state, local and federal law enforcement resources. Last year, 103 people were arrested for prostitution through the group’s efforts.
Although our first priority must be to keep women and children safe here at home; and that means identifying the source of human trafficking and attacking the problem comprehensively. As world leaders it would be unconscionable to not reach beyond our borders to lend a hand to the global community. Furthermore, in order to get to the root of the problem cross border communications is a must.