- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A national hotline for reporting human trafficking says tips on more than 5,000 human trafficking cases nationwide last year included 164 Ohio cases.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center and Polaris BeFree texting helpline say reports increased 26 percent nationally in 2014 over the previous year. The Dayton Daily News (https://bit.ly/1z9EypX ) reports that more than 800 calls from tipsters, victims, family members and others in Ohio filtered into the state’s 164 cases.

The newspaper reports that national data show the top three sex trafficking venues were commercial front brothels, Internet ads and hotels or motels. The top two labor trafficking industries were domestic help and traveling sales crews.

Almost one-third of trafficking victims are children and 79 percent are female.

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