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Ohio offering tattoo removal grants for victims of sex trafficking

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 6:05 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 6:05 PM


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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is releasing grant money to help victims of human trafficking get their tattoos or brand markings removed.

“The journey of a survivor out of slavery and addiction and trauma is hard enough without a permanent reminder that literally is part of your skin,” Yost said in a written statement Thursday. “These grants will enable women to leave behind the brand that identified them as someone else’s property.”

The AG’s Crime Victim Services section will make available $10,000 grants to local non-profits that deal with human trafficking and are approved by courts that focus on human trafficking.

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Currently, human trafficking specialty docket courts exists in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton and Summit counties.

Yost made the announcement at the 10th annual human trafficking awareness day at the Ohio Statehouse.

Columbus-based Survivor’s Ink helps sex trafficking victims cover their tattoos or other markings. It was founded by Jennifer Kempton, a survivor of human trafficking who died in May 2017.

Yost said the grant program will be named in Kempton’s honor.