Ohio Children's Caucus Votes To Support Human Trafficking Legislation
Group endorses Rep. Fedor's End Demand Act, House Bill 130
March 04, 2014
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COLUMBUS- Late last week, the Ohio Children’s Caucus voted to endorse the End Demand Act, House Bill 130, as an important bill directed at supporting children throughout the state. The Ohio Children’s Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative body committed to advancing the health and well-being of Ohio’s children.

“I’m so pleased to have the Ohio Children’s Caucus’ endorsement for the End Demand Act,” said Rep. Fedor.  “It’s important to create an environment where children feel safe and secure. The bill builds upon the Safe Harbor Act of 2012 by providing protections for victims of trafficking and increased penalties for those who purchase sex.”

Key provisions of the End Demand Act include harsher penalties for the solicitation of minors, restricting the use of “massage” and related terms in advertisement by unlicensed professionals, and applying Rape Shield laws to victims of human trafficking.

The End Demand Act recently had its second hearing in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee which saw strong support from across the state. If passed by the Senate, an emergency clause in the bill would allow for immediate enforcement of the provisions once the legislation is signed by the Governor.

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