Imagine this – there are actually thousands of American children and immigrants who are either forced to work or become child prostitutes each year in the state of Ohio. Though it’s uncommon to label any American state as a hub for sex trafficking, Ohio has in fact become one.
Now let’s see why:
Current numbers show that in a year, more than 1,000 US minors and about 800 immigrants (most entered the country illegally) are placed in sex dens and sweatshops. One of the main reasons why Ohio is an ideal place for this of trade is because of its nearness to the Canadian border and if you’re familiar with it, Toronto Airport is a very popular destination and meeting point of international child trafficking.
The State commission thinks the problem is attributed much to the rapid increase of immigrants. Canadian and American culprits find it more appealing to establish trade in Ohio because of the abundance of commodities – immigrant women and children.
Nonetheless, there’s perhaps the same blame to be placed on state laws as well.
If we carefully look into the state legislation, there is almost zero laws concerning human trafficking and if there is, they’re absolutely weak. Suffice to say, weak laws immediately correspond to weaker law enforcement. The police force cannot act assertively without the basis of a sufficient law to bring offenders to justice.
For instance, child prostitutes are labeled as delinquents so what happens is that blame is placed on the child’s shoulder while the real adult offenders are somehow bailed out for the crime. What needs to be done perhaps is to treat them as victims rather criminals. The ones deserving to be punished are the criminal network groups and offenders who make the issue worse for the whole state.