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
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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. 

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