Ohio leaders have made human trafficking a priority in the state and have received millions of dollars in federal funding to combat it. At the same time, conspiracy theories about trafficking are spreading online. Even the organizations tasked with fighting trafficking regularly repeat misleading claims. In an original series from WYSO, reporter Leila Goldstein digs deep into what experts know about human trafficking in the state, and what’s at stake when Ohioans mischaracterize the problem. For four weeks starting May 12, 2021, we hear the perspectives of survivors, researchers, state officials, and advocates on combating human trafficking in Ohio.