Jan 6, 2016 6:27 PM
CONCORD - Republican Presidential hopeful Ohio Governor John Kasich was among the speakers in a roundtable discussion on human trafficking put on by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) and UNH Law.
Governor Kasich talked about how this issue was brought to his attention in Ohio and says they've "put the pedal to the medal," making moves to see those trafficked as victims, and go after the "Johns" as criminals.
Jasmine Marino, a survivor of human trafficking, shared her story and her fight to help others and prove you can turn your life around.
A prosecutor and law enforcement representative discussed what they see, including the inevitable link between human trafficking and drug addiction.
Amanda Grady Sexton, Public Policy Director for NHCADSV says while they've seen unprecedented bipartisan support when it comes to policy changes, there is no funding coming from the state.
"Zero state funding or general fund dollars for the issue of combating sexual assault or human trafficking. What we need is a commitment from our legislators to fund there efforts, and on the federal level to provide resources to the state," Grady Sexton said.
Kasich says is he gets to be President, "this isn't the last you'll hear about this issue." He also echoed the need for federal and state dollars for support efforts, while commending New Hampshire for expanding medicaid.
"It's really important, you cannot win this without resources. The other thing I would suggest is they need to go to some of the private businesses and just some money will make such a huge difference," Kasich said.
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