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Trafficked: The View From The Street

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When police arrest people for selling sex, it’s sometimes described publicly as an anti-human trafficking effort. Some Ohio officials say arrests are a way to identify and help survivors. But there are also experts who argue that this approach incorrectly conflates sex work with human trafficking and can even make people more vulnerable to being trafficked. In the fourth episode of WYSO’s Trafficked, Leila Goldstein reports from the streets of Columbus, Ohio.

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Leila Goldstein is WYSO’s business and economics reporter. While working at the station she has covered the economic effects of grocery cooperatives, police reform efforts in Dayton and the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring trends, telehealth and public parks. She also reported Trafficked, a four part series on misinformation and human trafficking in Ohio.