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Cincinnati Union Bethel's Off The Streets program has been helping women involved in prostitution and sex trafficking for a decade. 

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Last April, 42 people were arrested in a three-week blitz against prostitution along the McMicken Avenue corridor. Sex trafficking continues to be a problem in the city, with the West McMicken, Price Hill and Walnut Hills areas experiencing the most prostitution activity. 

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When it comes to reducing prostitution in the any area, it’'s important to go beyond legislation and law enforcement; programs such as Cincinnati Union Bethel’'s “Off the Streets,” that reach out directly to sex workers, can make a dramatic difference. “Off the Streets” offers education, housing, drug treatment and mental health services to women involved in prostitution to help them escape that life.

The Anna Louise Inn opened its doors in 1909 with the goal of providing safe and affordable housing for single women. Last month it moved from the Lytle Park building that had been its home for more than a century to a new site in Mount Auburn, the result of a protracted legal battle with Western & Southern Financial Group. In its 106 years, the Inn has served thousands of women from a wide range of circumstances.

  Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar a year industry that forces the most vulnerable in our society, including millions of children, into modern-day slavery for labor or for sex. And it exists here in Greater Cincinnati. Joining us to look at the problem in our region, and what legal and social actions and programs are being used to combat it, are Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine; Erin Meyer, coalition manager for the anti-human trafficking coalition End Slavery Cincinnati; Julie Wilson, chief assistant prosecutor and public information officer with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’'s Office; and Cincinnati Union Bethel Executive Vice President and director of the agency’'s Off the Streets program, Mary Carol Melton.