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My presentation will detail how human trafficking is prosecuted in the Buckeye State following some recently implemented legislation, namely House Bill 262 and Senate Bill 235. Along with exploring the strengths and weaknesses of each bill, my poster will explain how their implementation is a victory in the constantly-evolving fight to combat trafficking. In order to do this, my presentation will shed light on how human trafficking was prosecuted in Ohio prior to the implementation of these statewide bills. The poster will explain the ill-pragmatism of the previously held human trafficking specification and why prosecutors typically chose to avoid pursuing it. In order to drive these points home with my audience, I will also provide human trafficking statistics in the state of Ohio to contextualize the scope and magnitude of the problem that this state struggles with. While I will convey very clearly that both sets of legislation are steps forward in the fight to abolish modern day slavery, I will also explain how both bills fail to address the cultural and systemic deficiencies that create an environment for vulnerable persons to be trafficked and re-trafficked. The heaviest emphasis will be placed on the patriarchal roots of American society and the redundant provision of ensuring trafficking among other crimes in the prosecution. Finally, I will explain the reason that the 90-day abeyance option was put into place and its intentions of protecting victims from re-trafficking. However, the audience must understand that victims of forced prostitution should never be prosecuted and I will suggest more empathetic alternatives to deal with the issues facing trafficked victims.
Anthony N. Talbott
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
Ashe, Braden G., "Research exercise: Ohio Laws to Combat Human Trafficking: Somewhat Flawed Despite Significant Strides Made" (2013). Stander Symposium Posters. 205.