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Sex Trafficking in Dayton
DAYTON -- Senator Rob Portman brought his fight against human trafficking to the Miami Valley Friday afternoon at the University of Dayton.
The U.S. Senator says the city of Dayton is on the cutting edge of addressing the issue and it takes the entire community to make a difference.
"So many of these kids who are runaways get picked up by these sex traffickers and get into the system," says Portman.
In Congress, Portman is working on two bills to prevent children from entering the sex trade.
"We've got a bill that I think is incredibly important based on what we heard today which is to ensure that we have the right data and information going back to these communities and that we change the approach from saying that these kids are criminals to saying that they are victims," says Portman.
Alongside Portman on the panel was Cheryl Oliver, Executive Director of Oasis House, a rehabilitation home for prostituting women on the streets.
"98 percent of the women that we see at Oasis House and nationally the statistics will tell you, were neglected as children and so there was no one there to help them learn the proper way of getting ahead in life," says Oliver.
Globally sex trafficking is a 42 billion dollar business, second only to the drug trade but Oliver suspects it will soon pass drugs and become the world's largest money making commodity.
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