Rep. Fedor Presented With S.O.A.P. "Liberator" Award
Honored for efforts in the fight against human trafficking
January 21, 2014
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State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D- Toledo) was honored on Monday at the 2nd Annual Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.) Ohio Liberator Awards. S.O.A.P. founder and author of The Slave Across the Street, Theresa Flores, congratulated Rep. Fedor for receiving the popular vote as the elected official awardee.

The Ohio Liberator Award was created in honor of William Lloyd Garrison, considered a “radical abolitionist” for his views on the immediate eradication of slavery and for the equal rights for African Americans and women. It celebrates 8 categories of people working in Ohio to do the same: individual, student, volunteer, business, civic club, organization or church, elected official, law enforcement and, new in 2014, survivor.

“My efforts in the legislature took many years – but with the passage of H.B. 262 we are finally heading in the right direction,” said Rep. Fedor. “I want to congratulate all of the nominees. I’m so pleased to see the movement to stop human trafficking is growing. I also want to thank Theresa Flores and S.O.A.P. for hosting a wonderful event and shining a light on the issue of human trafficking by sharing with us her personal story of strength and survival.”

Rep. Fedor has worked diligently to raise awareness and pass landmark human trafficking laws in Ohio. Her sponsorship of the bipartisan “Safe Harbor” bill, House Bill 262, last session not only created a safe haven for victims of human trafficking, but increased the penalties for offenders that profited from this industry. The “End Demand Act,” House Bill 130, was unanimously approved by the Ohio House this session. The bill contains harsher penalties to tackle the demand side of commercial sex.

S.O.A.P. has distributed thousands of bars of soap wrapped with a red band that gives the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (888.3737.888) and key identifying questions to high-risk motels.  Volunteers offer the soap free of charge to motel owners and managers and in turn provide them with a quick overview of what is happening to young girls in their motels and offer missing children awareness posters specific to the area.  

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