Senate Bill-235 Trafficking in Persons

Sponsor: Senators Fedor and  Grendell

Committee: Judiciary Criminal Justice

Projection: Good

Synopsis: The bill would create trafficking in persons as a primary offense.  A potential substitute bill incorporating recommendations from the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission may be introduced in May.  The bill has been given two hearings.

Update 12/10/2010:   Senate Bill 235 is headed to Governor Strickland for his signature, and though weaker than the one that CCV submitted two years ago, it is a step in the right direction. Phil Burress says, “Now that sex businesses such as strip bars and pornography have been linked to human sexual slavery, we are hopeful that law enforcement will crack down and enforce the Community Defense Act (CDA). We are also hopeful that Ohio’s Obscenity Law 2907.32 will be enforced.” CDA requires that all sex businesses in Ohio close from midnight to 6 a.m. and prohibits touching between the dancers and patrons.

Update 12/23/2010:  Governor Strickland signed into law  Effective Date: 3/24/2011

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