On Tuesday afternoon, Councilmember Yvette Simpson and other community leaders
announced new City efforts to reduce sex trafficking and prostitution in
This includes introducing a Resolution to
Cincinnati City Council supporting Ohio House Bill 130, which increases
penalties for sex trafficking and prostitution-related offenses, and the
establishment and enforcement of additional local measures to combat these
This work is the result of a coordinated effort among the City
Administration, community leaders and local organizations dedicated to
eradicating trafficking and prostitution.
trafficking and prostitution have a devastating impact on Cincinnati
communities," stated Councilmember Simpson. "We must take a comprehensive
approach to this issue, supporting Statewide efforts as well as establishing
local measures to curb these crimes and improve our neighborhoods."
Tuesday's Public Safety Committee meeting, Councilmember Simpson introduced a
Resolution supporting Ohio House Bill 130. H.B. 130 aims to reduce demand
for sex trafficking and prostitution, and enhances protections for certain
groups particularly vulnerable to trafficking. Specifically, the
legislation increases penalties for sex trafficking and prostitution-related
offenses involving minors and individuals with developmental disabilities, and
establishes a new spousal notification requirement for individuals convicted of
sex trafficking and prostitution-related offenses.
Simpson also put forth a motion addressing the potential for new local
measures to combat these crimes. The motion requests that the
Administration review its enforcement of two State laws, suspending driver's
licenses and requiring HIV/venereal disease testing of offenders convicted of
issues were discussed by community and organizational leaders at the Public
Safety Committee meeting, and the motion and Resolution
supporting H.B. 130 will be voted on by the full Council at Wednesday's
regularly scheduled meeting.