At his third annual Human Trafficking Summit on Friday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced his office has created of a guide for courts and communities seeking to start “john schools” with grants to support 10 locations through out the state.

“To the sex buyers that we’re going to bust in 2022, you’re going back to school because you’ve got some learning to do!” Yost told the 1,100-plus attendees of the virtual event. “This education shows sex buyers the ugly truth about the market they encourage and support.”

Since taking office in January 2019, Yost has made the fight against human trafficking a top priority with particular focus on reducing demand.

The newly announced guide and grants are rooted in House Bill 431, a state law that Yost and his Human Trafficking Initiative team pushed the General Assembly to pass. The law took effect last spring, creating legal sanctions aimed at sex buyers, including stiffer fines and a requirement that offenders attend a "john school," formally known as sex buyer education classes. His office will provide $10,000 to each of the 10 qualifying communities

“If traffickers and their customers thought COVID-19 would ease the pressure we’re putting on them, they were wrong,” Yost said. “And the pressure won’t ease this year, either. We’re going to bring the pain, and we’re going to bring the justice.”

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