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Web Extra: Signs of human trafficking and how you can report it

Signs of human trafficking and how you can report it (Photo: Pixabay, via MGN Online)

(WKEF/WRGT) - Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are working to crack down on human trafficking in Ohio, and need your help to do it.

Human trafficking occurs when someone is exploited for commercial sex acts or labor services against their will, and impacts people across the world.

Commonly regarded as one of the most pressing human rights issues of our times, officials need your help identifying when a situation occurs that they need to step in and stop.

Some of the common signs are issues with common work or living conditions, poor mental health or abnormal behavior, poor physical health or lack of control.

A person who is being trafficked would not be able to come and go as they want, is paid very little, and may have high security measures in their work or living environment. You may notice someone avoiding eye contact, exhibiting unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement, and may appear malnourished or show signs of repeated exposure to harmful chemicals.

If you notice these signs, you can report them to your local enforcement or the Ohio Attorney General's office.

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