Smith says there have been no known instances of human trafficking in
Washington County, but that’s doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. He says people should look out for “unusual
activity such as young ladies hanging around rest areas and truck stops, or
different things like that. Anything
that looks suspicious or doesn’t look like it’s in place probably isn’t, and
they should give us a call.”
changes to state and federal laws have increased penalties for human
trafficking in an attempt to curb the trend.
Lt. Smith says the Highway Patrol is taking a lead
in enforcing those laws.
support that type of legislation and we will enforce it vigorously. We want to make people aware of what’s going
on out there and try and make the community a better place to live, and provide
a better quality of life for our Washington County and Ohio residents.”
you see something “out of place” – anything that might indicate someone being
forced into bad actions - contact the Highway Patrol directly at #677 from any wireless device, or call