TULSA, Oklahoma – Fiesta Mart is trying to help fight human trafficking in Green Country. The convenience store is training its employees on how to spot and help victims. Research shows traffickers may bring their victims to convenience stores for food, fuel, cigarettes, condoms, or to simply clean up in the restroom. “It’s an ongoing and growing problem in our communities,” said Duff Thompson from Fiesta Mart. “We serve both

CANFIELD, OH (WKBN) – Twelve men were arrested as part of a three-day undercover operation into child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Among the men who were arrested is 24-year-old James Norkus, a physical education teacher at Kirkmere Elementary School in Youngstown. Norkus has been suspended without pay from Youngstown City Schools after news of the charges was released. The school district says it won’t take any action during the

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Sep 2018

Happy Friday!

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Sep 2018

TAT in Ohio!

The Freedom Drivers Project and Freedom Drivers Project director, Helen Van Dam, made it up to Findlay, Ohio for Garner’s Annual Safety Meeting this year. It was a pleasure to celebrate all that is great about trucking and its drivers with Garner Trucking. Helen presented to an engaged audience of drivers and staff. “It was a great reminder that no matter how many times I’ve shared a story of a survivor

For human trafficking survivors, the challenges that come with re-integrating into society are compounded by undue barriers. On Aug. 3, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 5494, a measure that removes one of those barriers, effective immediately. Many human trafficking survivors serve sentences for crimes committed under coercion, resulting in a criminal record that can stifle employment prospects. HB 5494 – now Public Act 100-692 – allows survivors

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