Recognizing January 11 as "National Human Trafficking Awareness Day" in Ohio.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF OHIO:WHEREAS, The members of the Senate of the 128th General Assembly of Ohio are pleased to recognize National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11; and
WHEREAS, Ohio has a tradition of advancing fundamental human rights; and
WHEREAS, Because the people of Ohio remain committed to protecting individual freedom, there is a statewide imperative to eliminate human trafficking, including early or forced marriage, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, labor obtained through debt bondage, involuntary servitude, slavery, and slavery by descent; and
WHEREAS, To combat human trafficking in Ohio and globally, the people of Ohio, the General Assembly, and local governments must be aware of the realities of human trafficking and must be dedicated to stopping this contemporary manifestation of slavery; and
WHEREAS, Beyond all differences of race, creed, or political persuasion, the people of Ohio face national threats together and refuse to let human trafficking exist in Ohio and around the world; and
WHEREAS, Ohio should actively oppose all individuals, groups,organizations, and nations who support, advance, or commit acts of human trafficking; and
WHEREAS, Ohio must also work to end human trafficking around the world through education; and
WHEREAS, Victims of human trafficking need support in order
to escape and to recover from the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual trauma associated with their victimization; and
WHEREAS, Human traffickers use many physical and psychological techniques to control their victims, including the use of violence or threats of violence against the victim or the victim's family, isolation from the public, isolation from the victim's family and religious or ethnic communities, language and cultural barriers, shame, control of the victim's possessions,confiscation of passports and other identification documents, and threats of arrest, deportation, or imprisonment if the victim attempts to reach out for assistance or to leave; and
WHEREAS, Although laws to prosecute perpetrators of human trafficking and to assist and protect victims of human trafficking have been enacted in the United States, awareness of the issues surrounding human trafficking by those people most likely to come into contact with victims is essential for effective enforcement because the techniques that traffickers use to keep their victims enslaved severely limit self-reporting; and
WHEREAS, The effort by individuals, businesses,organizations, and governing bodies to promote the observance of the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness on January 11 of each year represents one of the many examples of the ongoing commitment in Ohio to raise awareness of and to actively oppose human trafficking; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, That we, the members of the Senate of the 128th 53General Assembly of the State of Ohio, in adopting this resolution, support the goals and ideals of observing the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness on January 11 of each year and all other efforts to raise awareness of and opposition to human trafficking; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Senate transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the news media of Ohio.