International Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Conference

P.J. Benson addresses the conference. / Tim Wenning

The University of Toledo hosted Thursday the 8th annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Conference.

The conference held in the student union aimed to educate the public about the growing sex trafficking problem throughout America, and own our backyard " Toledo. It TMs about building awareness said P.J. Benson, Probation Officer

Toledo ranks as the third largest city for human trafficking and sex slavery, according to the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission. The study estimates 1,800 children are trafficked in Ohio.

It TMs a big problem, it TMs not one that is visible, but it TMs certainly there. Benson said.

The conference featured presentations and speeches from national and international guests.