T oledo's public transit is joining the city's efforts to combat human trafficking in northwest Ohio.
TARTA announced Monday, alongside State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and other community leaders, that it will partner with the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition to train drivers to spot signs of human trafficking.
"I am pleased to see TARTA join the effort to halt human trafficking in the region," said Rep. Fedor. "Educating and empowering drivers to report suspected cases of human trafficking will serve to protect those most vulnerable in Toledo. I'd like to commend TARTA for its strong initiative to combat this crime."
TARTA said Monday that Rep. Fedor has been a leading advocate in the fight to end human trafficking in Toledo, long time considered a focal point because of the city's proximity to the Canadian border.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center ranks Ohio fifth in the nation for human trafficking activity, and says Toledo is where more than 100 pimps operate and where girls are recruited and shipped to other states.
Along with being given awareness training recognize signs of human trafficking, drivers will also be educated on how to take necessary steps in the moments after spotting an incident.
Victims of human trafficking will be able to board a TARTA bus and tell the driver they are a victim in order for that driver to notify authorities.