State Rep. Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick) will attend the annual “Break Every Chain” Anti-Human Trafficking Conference hosted by the Reynoldsburg Youth Human Trafficking Coalition (RYHTC) and Councilman Cornelius Grady tomorrow, Saturday, January 17. The event will be held at the Reynoldsburg Summit Campus from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“The fact that Ohio is among the largest hubs for human trafficking in the United States is sobering. We need to take every measure we can to eradicate human trafficking and provide assistance and support for victims of these heinous crimes" Bishoff said.
The theme for this year’s RYHTC conference is, “Underground economics and how human trafficking affects community development and re-development.” The conference comes on the heels of a Columbus Dispatch report that 18 women were recently rescued from a prostitution ring centered in Powell, Worthington and Columbus.
“I'm encouraged by our state pulling ahead in the nation with our efforts, however on Wednesday, we rescued 18 enslaved in Central Ohio. There is more work to do,” Bishoff added. “Rep. Fedor and others have made real progress on this issue, but we need to do more. Conferences like this bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking across our state.”
The RYHTC conference follows the sixth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse, sponsored by State Rep. Teresa Fedor. On January 15, hundreds of activists and survivors gathered at the statehouse to raise awareness and share best practices.
WHAT: “Break Every Chain” Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
WHO: State Rep. Heather Bishoff to support the efforts of Reynoldsburg Youth Human Trafficking Coalition under the direction of Councilman Cornelius Grady.
WHERE: Reynoldsburg Summit Campus
8579 Summit Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
WHEN: Saturday, January 17
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.