Human trafficking is a growing concern throughout Stark County, with Ohio ranking as one of the top states for the hidden crime. If you notice the signs and suspect a human rights violation, report it right away.
If you witness or suspect human trafficking, please report your concerns to local law enforcement immediately.
If you believe you may have information about a trafficking situation:
Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking.
Text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733. Message and data rates may apply.
Chat the National Human Trafficking Hotline via www.humantraffickinghotline.org/chat
To report local cases of human trafficking, contact law enforcement near you:
Often considered a form of modern slavery, human trafficking occurs when someone is sold for sex or labor, typically through coercion, fraud or force. It is the largest criminal enterprise in the world with a presence here in Stark County. Children, especially runaways, are at the greatest risk along with young people without close adult relationships and a history of truancy and/or substance use.
Unfortunately, some of the things that make us great also put us at risk. Our airport, interstate system, hotels, shopping centers and sports facilities are all popular destinations for human trafficking. To help combat this growing crime, it is important that we are all on the lookout for signs of human trafficking.
The following are some of the most helpful ways to prevent human trafficking:
Statistics, news and resources collected by the International Labor Organization.
Resources to support service providers and law enforcement as they help to combat human trafficking.
Learn the basics about human trafficking, find referral sources and download helpful education guides.
Resources, legislation and information to help end human trafficking and support victims as they reclaim their freedom.
Supporting the rights of young people who have been affected by child labor, sexual exploitation or another form of human trafficking.