An Ohio man accused of trying to have a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl is believed to be the first person in Monroe County charged under the human trafficking laws. Aaron Kowalski, 38, of Perrysburg, Ohio, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Monroe County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer

Every day, my colleagues answer about 100 calls on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline. They respond to dozens of texts, emails, and tips through our online reporting form. It doesn’t matter if it is 3:00 a.m. Or Christmas Day. Or during a blizzard. The hotline does not close. Because someone needs to be there to help the young man who was just abandoned far away from home

Have you noticed someone who shows signs of physical and or sexual abuse, physical restraint, someone who is unpaid, fearful, depressed, submissive, tense, nervous and paranoid?This person might be a victim of human trafficking. Trafficking includes a wide range of exploitations where someone uses another for profit, through coercion or force. It can be anything from child pornography and prostitution to forced or underpaid labor and servitude. To read more:


MICHIGAN — Mindy Hughes, a Michigan sex trafficking survivor, author and public speaker, said she had been sold to men in her community in the Thumb starting from infancy.Hughes said she was sexually exploited, abused and neglected from the age of 1 through young adulthood by her mother’s husband and others in her life.As a child, Hughes remembered a hospital visit with injuries from abuse and said her injuries should