Senator Keith Faber
the Threat of Human Trafficking
season was a busy time for the General Assembly as state lawmakers took
full slate of bills before entering the summer.
Reforms focused on education, job growth,
energy development and
government efficiency took center stage at the Statehouse in recent
I am happy to report that Ohio’s economic success continues to pick up
steam. While a
great deal of our work is
aimed at alleviating the tax burden and creating new economic
hard-working Ohioans, preserving the safety of our citizenry remains
to the General Assembly’s efforts.
particular bill that was passed holds a special significance to Western
Ohio. House Bill
262 tackles the growing
threat of human trafficking in our communities by increasing penalties
malicious predators and providing proper support to victims.
It is a sad
truth that the City of Toledo has become a hub for this type of
activity and currently ranks fourth nationally for prostitution-related
residents of the
12th District saw this terrible crime land at their doorstep when
the Ohio Highway Patrol arrested a man along I-75 in Shelby County
suspicion of kidnapping a minor.
unanimously by both the House and Senate, House Bill 262 takes a major
combating the sex trade and sending a clear message that this activity
be tolerated in our state. Under
measure, the act of procuring a minor for the purposes of prostitution
made a felony of either the fourth or fifth degree depending on the age
victim. Individuals found guilty of promoting trafficking in Ohio will
required to register as sex offenders.
of Human Trafficking Fund will also be established to provide necessary
services to those who have been subjected to this crime. Additionally, victims will
now have the power
to pursue civil action against a person who has violated the new human
on both sides of the aisle, as well as Governor John Kasich and
leaders recognized the need to bring an end to this tragedy. Through collaboration,
compassion, and sound
policymaking, I am confident that we have crafted a law that will not
down hard on dangerous sexual predators, but also add greater security
families and communities.
please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or
about any of the matters we are considering at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone
at (614) 466-7584,
by e-mail at Faber@ohiosenate.gov or by writing me at State Senator
Faber, Ohio Statehouse, One Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215. I look forward to hearing
Senator Faber represents Ohio’s
District which includes Allen, Champaign, Mercer, Preble, and Shelby
as well as portions of Auglaize and Darke Counties.
He currently serves as President Pro Tempore
of the Ohio Senate