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Toledo ranks 4th in human trafficking arrests

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It's not just in the movies, and it doesn't only happen overseas. Human trafficking is a serious problem locally. Toledo is fourth in the nation for the most arrests and prosecutions of human trafficking.

"There is sort of a corridor," says Senator Rob Portman. "There are some people in Toledo who engage in this horrible activity. Some of it does involve foreigners, but a lot of it does involve Americans."

The FBI tells us right now there are nearly 300,000 American youth at risk of sex exploitation and trafficking. Many of them are US citizens and children.

Senator Rob Portman is trying to stop human trafficking crimes in the halls of Congress. He launched the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, and, so far, the senator has won some legislative victories.

In December, President Obama signed the End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act into law. It strengthens the rules against trafficking in connection with overseas federal contracts.

Last week, the Senate voted 100 to 0 in support of Portman's amendment to allow child victims of sex trafficking to benefit from programs set up under the Violence Against Women Act.

Portman says there is still more that needs to be done.

"Law enforcement needs to be in tune to it, and they increasingly are," he says. "This is an issue that has to involve the entire community."

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