Published on Jun 27, 2012
In the second episode of Life Talk, President Mike Gonidakis discusses House Bill 262, "The Safe Harbor Act," and what it means for the fight against human trafficking in Ohio.
"Let's talk about life.
Recently, the General Assembly enacted sweeping legislation to protect children in our state from the violence of human trafficking. On June 27, Governor John Kasich, in the city of Toledo, is going to sign this legislation. The city of Toledo is significant because it has been identified, unfortunately, as one of the cities with the highest instances of human trafficking.
Specifically, what this bill will do when it is enacted is criminalize these johns and pimps and despicable people who take these young children and force them into a life of prostitution. They're going to take their assets, they'll be able to file repo claims against them, they're going to be able to put them in jail for quite a long time. Prior to this legislation, we didn't have this recourse or the ability to do this in the state of Ohio.
Equally as important, what this legislation is going to do is help the victims of human trafficking. These young children, both boys and girls, will reintroduce themselves into society. It's going to provide compensation mechanisms for them to get the type of care they need, whether it's psychological, emotional, physical.
The issue of human trafficking is and should be very important to every pro-life Ohioan, because think for one minute: if we de-value life outside the womb, what does that say about our society for those children not born yet, living inside the womb?
One of the reasons why Ohio Right to Life has taken a strong opposition to human trafficking in Ohio is the number of instances of forced abortions of young women. These pimps see these young girls as their commodity, as their widget and if they're pregnant, they cannot be doing their jobs so they're forcing these abortions on these young women.
That's the two hallmarks of what this bill will do. They're going to criminalize this act and put the bad guys away for a very long time and number two, they're going to take the victims who are going to be traumatized and scarred and help them to the extent that the law will allow."