An Ohio man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Maryland on human trafficking and prostitution charges.
TOLEDO, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill that increases penalties for human trafficking and creates a fund to help victims.
Kasich signed the measure Wednesday in Toledo. The law takes effect immediately. It makes human trafficking a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. That's tougher than the second-degree felony that the state Legislature established in late 2010 to tackle what's described as modern-day slavery.
Victims of human trafficking are often forced into the sex trade or pushed to work against their will in sweatshop-type jobs.
The law also creates a path for victims to have their records expunged if they have prostitution or solicitation charges as a result of being forced into the sex trade.
The General Assembly passed the measure with unanimous votes.
Experts in the U.S. increasingly are applying the label "human trafficking" to homegrown prostitution. Lawmakers, police and prosecutors are starting to shift their view on this, too.
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