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Walking alongside survivors

Day One of Crime Victim Services’ Anti-Trafficking program was started in 2014 and works directly with survivors of human trafficking to connect them with resources in the community and help them heal through the trauma of their victimization.

Through intensive case management and trauma counseling, survivors receive holistic, trauma-informed care services.

Crime Victim Services also founded and manages the Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition, the local anti-human trafficking coalition, which is made up of community-based organizations, social service agencies, legal services, medical professionals, law enforcement, mental health agencies and community volunteers. The Coalition is currently serving survivors of human trafficking in Allen, Putnam, Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert, Mercer, Auglaize, Darke, Shelby, Miami, Hancock, Hardin, and Wyandot counties.

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking

Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act (often referred to as sex trafficking) or labor or services (often referred to as labor trafficking) through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.

Child sex trafficking

Child sex trafficking is when a child (under the age of 18) is made to perform a commercial sex act. Proving force, fraud, or coercion against their pimp is not necessary for the offense to be characterized as trafficking.


Examples of human trafficking include, but are not limited to:

  • prostitution

  • debt bondage

  • live sex shows

  • domestic servitude

  • pornography

  • sweat shops

  • strip clubs

Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry, affecting an estimated 25 million people globally.  In Ohio, there are more than 8,000 identified survivors.

Human Trafficking Red Flags

There are many red flags that could indicate a person is being trafficked:

  • Is the person accompanied by another person who seems controlling?

  • Is the person rarely allowed in public (except for work)?

  • Can you detect any physical or psychological abuse?

  • Does the person seem submissive or fearful?

  • Does the person lack identification or documentation?

  • Is someone else collecting the person's pay or holding their money for "safe keeping"?


If you notice any of these red flags, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline immediately!

Toll-free | 24 hours/day | 7 days a week

Confidential | Interpreters available

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Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition

The mission of the Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition is to end sexual and labor trafficking by enhancing public education, survivor recovery, and justice response. 

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Join a monthly meeting

Crime Victim Services hosts monthly meetings of the Northwest Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition. Meetings are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Crime Victim Services in the basement conference room. All are welcome!

More than 20 coalitions across the state of Ohio are fighting to end human trafficking in their local communities. Find your local human trafficking coalition and get involved today!

Join us in preventing human trafficking.

​For more information or to schedule a presentation on how to create a community safe from violence or oppression, contact:


Becca Peckinpaugh
Director of Day One

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Your financial gift helps Crime Victim Services support survivors throughout their healing journey. 

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