Do you or someone you know have prostitution-related offenses on your criminal record? OJPC can help. Contact attorney Sasha Naiman (firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-421-1108 x 20) for assistance. You can learn more about the OJPC’s new initiative to address the unique needs of trafficking survivors below.
Legislation to help survivors
In June 2012, the Ohio Legislature created a new expungement process under the Safe Harbor Law (H.B. 262; R.C. 2953.38). The law recognizes that sex trafficking victims are compelled through force, fear, duress, intimidation, or fraud to participate in illegal acts. Consequently, survivors can erase records of convictions.
Expunged records are completely destroyed, so no one can ever see them ever again. Expungement opens doors to empowerment, recovery, employment, housing, education, family relationships, and successful reintegration into the community.
However, there’s still work to be done.
While the Safe Harbor Law was a step in the right direction, survivors are only able to expunge any of six specific crimes. There’s a bill in the hands of our state House of Representatives that would allow survivors to expunge any crimes that can be linked back to trafficking.