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Trafficked: Stings

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The Ohio Attorney General’s office says police sting operations rescue human trafficking victims. But the people called victims in press releases often end up with criminal records. Rescue in Ohio can look like handcuffs, spit hoods, jail time or court dates. In the final episode of Trafficked, Leila Goldstein looks at what rescue means for the rescued. A warning, this story includes profanity and descriptions of violence.

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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.