Ohio has been on the front lines in the battle to combat human trafficking. Now cosmetologists are joining in the fight.
Children as young as 12 are often forced into prostitution. More than 1,000 minors are reportedly involved in the sex trade each year. It's become a growing problem in Ohio.
Beauticians throughout Ohio get a wide range of clients. Now they are being trained to look for signs of human trafficking. Marci Nattinger is a hair designer at the Urban Loft. She often learns a lot about the men and women who sit in her chair.
Victims of human trafficking might be taken to a salon to get their hair, nails or makeup done. Now the State Cosmetology Board for Licensing is requiring all hair dressers to watch a one-hour training video to learn the signs of trafficking. Nattinger is in the process of completing her training. "When I first heard about it I was like this is weird. We do hair but after hearing it I really honestly think this summer I had an instance where it happened and I'm like, oh my gosh I'm so glad we do this kind of thing," said Nattinger.