Identification and Response to Sex and Labor Trafficking in Rural Communities

Sarah K. Warpinski Ladd & Laurel Neufeld Weaver | September 22 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM | Room Ingman

Human trafficking affects every zip code in the United States, and happens in communities of every size in Ohio. This session will explore some commonalities and differences between what human trafficking looks like in rural communities and urban areas. Participants will also learn about the difference between human trafficking identification and response efforts in rural and urban areas. By examining existing recognition of and response to sex and labor trafficking broadly, the session will delve more deeply into how to create an effective human trafficking response in rural communities. The participants will practice identifying trafficking through a scenario exercise and will brainstorm tools and coordinated steps they can take to improve their own response, whether they serve a rural or an urban area. Finally, using a multi-disciplinary lens, the presenters will guide participants in developing a safety-focused response to human trafficking in their own communities.


Presentation Objectives:

·         To learn what human trafficking looks like in rural communities

About the Presenters