Sexual exploitation

The growing rates of sexual exploitation in Stark County are due in part to our prominent interstate system, sports facilities, strip clubs and hotel developments – common environments for this hidden crime. Victims are an average of just 13 years old when they enter “the life” and can be our friends, family or neighbors. Find resources to help combat sex trafficking in Northeast Ohio.

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

HAVEN Program

Provides medical forensic nursing care to individuals impacted by violence, elder abuse and neglect, domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault. Visit the website for more information.
1320 Mercy Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44708
Phone: (330) 489-1000, ext. 2170

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
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.

Sex Trafficking

Overview, statistics and resources from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

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.

What to do if you have been assaulted

According to Mercy Medical Center, you should follow these steps to ensure you get the care you need after an assault:

  • Contact HAVEN for immediate medical attention from the Mercy Emergency Department.
  • Get to a safe space as soon as possible.
  • In cases of sexual assault, try to avoid changing your clothes, bathing or brushing your teeth.
  • Reach out for support from a trusted adult.
  • Remember you have options.
  • Request a medical forensic evaluation to address concerns related to the assault (even if you do not have any obvious injuries).
What to expect during your emergency visit

You can expect the following when you seek treatment through the HAVEN program at Mercy Medical Center:

  • You will be moved to a private waiting room or medical treatment area as soon as possible.
  • A doctor will perform an evaluation and provide treatment for any physical injuries.
  • Evidence may be collected, including clothing, hair, blood, urine or other samples at no additional charge.
  • Examiners will provide information about your care options and recommendations for safety planning.
  • Medical staff will offer any medications or vaccinations needed, which may include prophylactic medications for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and HIV.
  • Members of the clinical team will help you complete a Victim of Crime Compensation application.
  • The nursing staff will talk to you about your rights as a victim of crime and connect you with local social service providers.