New University of Cincinnati research on the prevalence of human trafficking in Ohio released Tuesday, March 27, by the Ohio Department of Public Safety grabbed the attention of the state's leading newspapers, news radio stations and the governor.
The UC study, titled “Estimating the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio,” examined data from 14 distinct sources that included child welfare, law enforcement, legal and juvenile justice agencies, primarily from the years 2014 through 2016. UC researchers then processed the information into a single database with a common set of measures. The process included identifying and removing duplicate victim records. An estimated 1,032 victims were identified.
In addition to being quoted in news releases, Gov. Mike DeWine took to Twitter to further react to the study, retweeting UC Assistant Professor Valerie Anderson, its principle researcher: