COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says he'll back further legislation this session bolstering the state's legal crackdown on human trafficking.
Kasich spoke at an awareness event Friday at the Statehouse. The Republican governor said the state is marshaling its resources against the crime, but more can be done.
Victims of human trafficking often are prostituted or pushed to work against their will in sweatshop-type jobs. Some are girls as young as 11.
State Rep. Teresa Fedor (FEH'-duhr), a Toledo Democrat, championed a new state law signed last year that increased penalties and created a fund to help victims. Kasich said he'll work with her again.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine reported Thursday that despite improvement, there's still work to do in increasing Ohio's legislative response to human trafficking.