Advocates take aim at human trafficking, prostitution ahead of the Republican National Convention

***Admin note: As soon as we see a story about the Democratic convention and similar efforts to curtail sex trafficking, we will post it. Conventions, in general, do tend to bring in larger demands for commercial sex, and sex trafficking victims often are forced to meet that demand. This is not a political statement by this page. It is a story showing how anti-trafficking advocates in Ohio are preparing for a large influx of people to their city.****

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Human trafficking advocacy groups and the Ohio Attorney General launched a campaign Thursday to identify human trafficking victims during Republican National Convention.

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center saw an uptick in human trafficking calls during the recent NBA Finals and law enforcement officials are expecting the four-day convention, which will attract over 50,000 visitors to the Cleveland area, will bring with it a similar increase.

"Human trafficking is often misunderstood and its often unrecognized and under-reported. A lot of people think its something that happens overseas, but it happens here in Ohio and it happens in Cleveland," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

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