Ohio to Speed Up Delivery of Services to Trafficking Victims

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state says it plans to speed up the help it provides to Ohio victims of human trafficking, including drug treatment programs and shelter options.

A new report says Ohio’s Medicaid and family services departments plan to work with county officials to reduce victims’ waiting times for these services.

The plan is one of several priorities for fighting human trafficking highlighted by a report released Monday by a task force created by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to address the problem.

Other priorities include making sure police have up-to-date information on tracking human trafficking and boosting public awareness about the issue.

The report says almost all of the 26 recommendations to reduce human trafficking from three years ago have been adopted in some form.