Cheryl Oliver, program director of the Dayton-based Oasis House, pointed out many women they’ve worked with ingested crack cocaine because it would keep them up – they had nowhere they felt safe enough to close their eyes to sleep.The Oasis House, dedicated to helping women in the sex industry, reported that 98 percent of their clients were neglected as children, 95 percent were violated domestically and 95 percent were sexually abused as children.July 2013: An internet sex sting conducted by the Dayton Police netted nine arrests, as reported in the “We’re looking for the guys that come into our city only for one thing, to hire a prostitute to do a sex act,” said Dayton Police Sgt. The fines collected as a result of these infractions go to the Oasis House.
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In the state of Ohio, the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission (AGHTC) reported that 49 percent of those in sex trafficking started younger than 18 years old – 13 being the most common age to begin.
Ohio’s highway system, with several major interstates and replete with truck stops, along with its previous lack of effective legislation, makes it rife for human traffickers.
In Dayton, the percentage of women who started before they were 18 was eight times higher than adults who were forced into the sex trade.
The highest risk factors for minor victims in Dayton were having been raped, dating a much older boyfriend and being worried about where to sleep and what to eat.
The “boyfriend” was arrested when he showed up thinking the woman was not getting paid for her work. The situation was discovered when the girl was brought to a Dayton hospital to give birth and doctors noticed clear signs of physical abuse.
November 2009: A 16-year-old Mexican girl was forced into domestic labor and sex in a Springfield residence after being trafficked across the U. October 2008: A woman from Dayton was sentenced to 18 months in prison for selling her 17-year-old daughter for sex in order to support the mother’s drug habit.
Eighty percent of the women, by the time they get to Oasis, have developed deep rooted mental health issues – post traumatic stress disorder, bipolarity and even dual personality – in attempt to deal with the trauma.
“When you have that going from a child, now you’re 18 and you’re criminalized for the same behavior,” Oliver said.
When the officer pulled over, he was approached by her handler to make a deal.