In 2017, Ohio continued to rank fourth in the nation in regard to the number of human trafficking cases reported to the National Hotline, according to the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking.

That’s why the Collaborative and WKYC-TV 3 presented the seventh annual Human Trafficking Awareness Program, moderated by senior health correspondent Monica Robins.

You can re-watch the discussion, which was streamed live Monday, in the video player above.

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The program addressed the reality of human trafficking in northeastern Ohio, red flags of the crime, and the collaboration among more than 30 multi-disciplinary organizations in Greater Cleveland to build a comprehensive and coordinated response to this human rights issue.

Joining Robins were Detective John Morgan, of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department and the Ohio Attorney General’s Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force; Teresa Stafford, the Senior Director of Victim Services and Outreach at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center; and Karen Walsh, President/CEO, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking; and Beau Hill, Executive Director of the Harbor Light Complex.

In the audience were representatives from many Greater Cleveland organizations, including S.O.A.P.; The Salvation Army; the U.S. Attorney’s office; Cleveland Municipal Court; the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office; University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital; U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s office; Bellefaire JCB; CMSD Cleveland Teachers Union; National Council of Jewish Woman CLE; CWRU Marshall School of Law; the MetroHealth Medical System; and others.

The Collaborative has provided more than 2,000 human trafficking educational awareness programs/displays to diverse audiences. For programs and information, contact the Collaborative.