Reporting human trafficking

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.

Human trafficking resources

Children’s Network of Stark County

Helping to investigate and prosecute crimes against children.
213 Market Ave. N
Suite 200
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-1700

Hannah’s House 119

Mentoring for victims of human trafficking as well as young people at risk.
213 Nassau St.
East Canton, OH 44730
Phone: (330) 495-2970

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Report emergencies and cases of unsafe working conditions, health or safety violations.
Essex Place, 6393 Oak Tree Blvd.
Suite 203
Independence, OH 44131
Phone: (216) 447-4194

Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force

Working to identify victims, prosecute human trafficking crimes and provide support to human trafficking survivors. Visit online to learn more.

Partners Against Trafficking of Humans Stark County

Volunteers working together to raise awareness, education and advocacy to protect and serve local victims of human trafficking. Learn more on Facebook.
800 Market Ave. N
Suite 1150
Canton, OH 44702

RAHAB Ministries

RAHAB is a faith-based ministry devoted to rescuing & restoring victims trafficked into sexual slavery & exploitation in NE Ohio. Drop-In Centers
  • Canton (914 Sandal Place NE, Canton, OH 44703)
  • North Canton (4350 Portage St., North Canton, OH 44720)
914 Sandal Place NE
Canton, OH 44703
Phone: 330-388-5286
Law enforcement

To report local cases of human trafficking, contact law enforcement near you:

Alliance Police Department

470 East Market St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-9140
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Canton Police Department

221 3rd St. SW
Canton, OH 44702
Non-emergency: (330) 649-5800
Non-emergency: (330) 649-5800
Information: (330) 489-3100
Information: (330) 489-3100
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Jackson Township Police Department

7383 Fulton Dr. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 832-1553
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Massillon Police Department

2 James Duncan Plz.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 832-9811
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Perry Township Police Department

622 Genoa Ave. SW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 478-5121
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Stark County Sherriff’s Office

4500 Atlantic Blvd. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 430-3800
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911
What is human trafficking?

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.

Why Stark County?

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.

Human trafficking by the numbers
  • 80 percent of runaways will be approached by a trafficker within 24 hours
  • Around 50 percent of human trafficking victims are male
  • Human trafficking is the number one criminal enterprise in the world
  • Sex trafficking victims are raped an average of 6,000 times in their lifetime
  • The average age a human trafficking victim enters “the life” is 13
  • The average life span for a human trafficking victim is seven years after they enter “the life”
What can I do?

The following are some of the most helpful ways to prevent human trafficking:

  1. Build strong connections with young people, especially those without close adult relationships
  2. Get involved with local organizations and help spread awareness
  3. Call 911 to report your suspicions
Helpful links

Forced Labor, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Statistics, news and resources collected by the International Labor Organization.

Human Trafficking Task Force Outreach Toolkit

Resources to support service providers and law enforcement as they help to combat human trafficking.

National Human Trafficking Hotline Resources

Learn the basics about human trafficking, find referral sources and download helpful education guides.

Polaris Project

Resources, legislation and information to help end human trafficking and support victims as they reclaim their freedom.

Stark County Family Court

Supporting the rights of young people who have been affected by child labor, sexual exploitation or another form of human trafficking.