Major Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation One Step Closer To Becoming Law
Rep. Fedor encouraged by committee's response to the "End Demand Act"
January 15, 2014
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State Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) received an outpouring of support on Tuesday from both colleagues and anti-human trafficking advocates for her testimony on the “End Demand Act,” HB 130. This legislation – which successfully passed the Ohio House of Representatives last June – is unprecedented in addressing the demand side of commercial sex.

Rep. Fedor used the opportunity to make an impassioned plea for the prevention of human trafficking saying, “As Ohio law stands now it is unlikely that buyers will be charged, prosecuted or jailed for purchasing sex.”

Senate committee members commended Rep. Fedor for her dedication to combat human trafficking in Ohio. Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Eric Kearney (D-Avondale) both said they look forward to having more hearings on the bill and applauded Rep. Fedor for her thorough presentation.

“I am very encouraged by the Senate committee’s response to the End Demand Act,” said Rep. Fedor. “They were very receptive to my testimony and expressed a genuine desire to tackle the demand side of commercial sex.”

Key provisions of the End Demand Act include increased penalties for the solicitation of minors; no longer requiring minors to prove force, fraud or coercion; applying Rape Shield laws to victims of human trafficking and increasing the statue of limitations.

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