FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - An estimated 1,000 children a year become victims of human trafficking in Ohio and state agencies want to do more to help.
A partnership was announced Wednesday at Michael's House in Fairborn.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will provide more than $500,000 over the next two years for local advocacy centers to help children impacted.
The goal is to provide victims support and let communities across the state know what they can do to help and identify signs of human trafficking.
"If you are a parent or a care giver, one of the most important things or prevention methods we can do is to be really engaged in our kids lives,” said Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Elizabeth Ranade Janis. “Know what they are doing on Facebook, know who they are texting."
"Human trafficking is not a simple issue and we do not have a simple solution for it but I believe these tools in place will help us with young people who become victims and to prevent more of our young people from getting caught up in this," said Director of Job and Family Services Michael Colbert.
There’s a hotline to anonymously report any child neglect or abuse.
The number is 1-855-OH-CHILD.
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