MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry and the Miami Valley is a prime target for the crime.
Currently, every single private and public school in the Miami Valley is being offered free human trafficking materials such as books for their staff and students.
They include two books and a guidebook created by Abolition Ohio, a local anti-human trafficking organization, and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
The human trafficking problem is so bad the University of Dayton has an anti-human trafficking director, Tony Talbott. He’s dedicated his career to finding a solution.
“It’s happening in Oakwood, Miamisburg, Beavercreek, and Xenia. Even as far out as Jeffersonville and Jamestown. So, it’s not just an inner-city issue,” said Talbott.
More than 300 human trafficking cases have happened in Ohio in the past several years, Talbott says many of them occurred in the Miami Valley.