Slavery in Ohio

“When a woman was jailed after a recent fight, police brought in a translator to help communicate with her.

That’s when authorities uncovered allegations of a more horrific crime. The young woman said she had been lured from her homeland for what she thought was a visit — only to be forced into domestic servitude, spending long days cleaning house, cooking and caring for young children.

The woman was afraid to tell anyone because her visitor’s visa expired and by then she was in the United States illegally.

Victims of human trafficking can be found throughout the country, even in Columbus where this woman had been staying. Police are investigating her allegations.

To help identify and aid victims, about three dozen Columbus-area organizations have formed the Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking coalition, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

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