Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate Rep. Teresa Fedor Reacts To Discovery Of Human Trafficking Victims In Lucas County
Lawmaker thanks law enforcement for its continued commitment to protecting Ohio's communities
August 15, 2013
 
[ Teresa Fedor Home | Teresa Fedor Press ]
 
 

COLUMBUS- Wednesday afternoon, Ohioans were made aware of the arrest of a California man facing human trafficking charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers discovered two female human trafficking victims during a traffic stop in Lucas County. After hearing of the arrests and subsequent recoveries, Rep. Fedor (D-Toledo) issued the following statement:


“I am very grateful for the discovery and rescue of two young victims of human trafficking in Lucas County. Fortunately, the perpetrator of these women will face a penalty befitting the crime as a result of the passage of H.B. 262, The Safe Harbor Act. I want to commend the exemplary work of the State Highway Patrol, their training and public awareness helped to rescue the victims of these terrible acts.”


According to a report by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, further investigation revealed the young female passengers, a 21-year-old California woman and a 25-year-old Arizona woman. Both women admitted to being forced into prostitution.


For the past eight years, Rep. Fedor has been a leading advocate in the fight against human trafficking, and is now urging lawmakers to pass Sub. H.B. 130, the End Demand Act. In 2012, the General Assembly passed Rep. Fedor’s sponsored, Safe Harbor Act – a victim centered bill aimed at providing protection, prosecution and prevention. 

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Ohio AG Needs To Open Independent Harassment Investigation Of Seitz, Lawmakers Say

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) today asked* Ohio Attorney General (AG) Mike DeWine to hire an objective third party to reopen the harassment investigation of Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati). The letter comes after it was reported that Taft Stettinius & Hollister, the law firm which conducted the investigation, donated to Seitz’ campaign and had employed Seitz for 36 years. The investigation concluded that the allegations of inappropriate conduct made against Seitz by a female House employee did not constitute sexual harassment according to the House’s anti-harassment policy and said the complaint may have been politically motivated. The basis of the findings, however, directly conflict with the AG’s anti-sexual harassment training given to state lawmakers and staff prior to the event.



 
 

Lawmakers Ask DeWine For Special Prosecutor To Investigate ECOT Audit Findings

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today sent a letter asking Attorney General Mike DeWine to appoint special state prosecutor to  determine the extent of criminal activities of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) publicized by Auditor Dave Yost in a stalled audit released today. The lawmakers are also asking that a special prosecutor determine whether state negligence contributed to additional taxpayer fraud, and whether or not state officials are liable for any additional fraud that developed as a result of their negligence or malfeasance.



 
 

Reps. Fedor, West Introduce Resolution Calling For Universal Preschool

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Thomas West (D-Canton) today introduced a joint resolution to establish universal preschool in Ohio. The proposal would amend the Ohio Constitution to require free, universal preschool for all four and five-year-olds who reside in the Buckeye State.



 
 

Reps. Fedor, Galonski Host Ninth Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today hosted the Ninth Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse, as lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and hundreds of advocates and survivors from across the state gathered to raise awareness and discuss ways to further combat human trafficking in Ohio.