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Ohio Governor Pledges More Help Fighting Human Trafficking

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is pledging continued help and resources in his second term to fight human trafficking.

Kasich told advocates and lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse on Thursday that much has been accomplished to combat the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor, but more can be done.

Human trafficking victims often are prostituted or forced into sweatshop-type jobs.

Kasich said victims' advocates have created a "little miracle in Ohio" that is spreading and gaining national attention. He said they exemplify character traits of personal responsibility, resilience, empathy and teamwork - concepts that he promoted in his inaugural address on Monday.

Democratic State Rep. Teresa Fedor of Toledo said she has urged President Barack Obama to adopt Ohio's approach.