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Community fighting back, getting educated about human trafficking and how to spot it

Police said they could identify even more human trafficking victims if people are educated on what to look for. (WSYX/WTTE)

Human trafficking and heroin have become a statewide crises. Both issues were front and center inside Grove City High School Thursday night.

A community meeting was held inside the auditorium of the school to discuss human trafficking and the opioid epidemic.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office, Franklin County Municipal Court, Grove city police and the Jackson Township fire department all joined forces.

"The trauma I had when I was a little girl and then the domestic violence that I grew up with and that I walked into, because it was normal and then bring a trafficker along, I was the perfect storm," said Vanessa Perkins, a human trafficking survivor.

Law enforcement officials said human trafficking and the drug problem go hand in hand. Police said drugs are often used to control the victims.

Authorities identified more than 150 potential victims of human trafficking in Ohio last year.

That number is higher compared to previous years.

Police said they could identify even more victims if people are educated on what to look for.



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