University of Cincinnati to Study Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio

In collaboration with Gov. John R. Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) has awarded funding to the University of Cincinnati (UC) to assess the extent to which youth and children are exploited in Ohio.

“While we have made incredible progress in the fight against human trafficking, the lack of data remains a challenge,” said OCJS Executive Director Karhlton Moore.

“We look forward to working with UC and using the results of their study to improve our response efforts.”

Through this grant, UC will address the knowledge gaps related to the prevalence of trafficking in persons, specifically minors under age 18 and youth aged 18-21 in foster care in the state of Ohio.

“I am delighted to be partnering with OCJS to develop an accurate and reliable prevalence estimate of the number of human trafficking cases across the state,” said Dr. Valerie R. Anderson, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at UC.  

UC has been awarded $100,000 through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, with results of the project publicly available in fall 2018.

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