Coalition to host Mayoral Forum

The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition has invited all seven candidates for mayor of the city of Toledo to a forum about trafficking. The local media is invited to observe and report on this event. Coalition members are encouraged to bring colleagues.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, October 21 from 9:15am to 10:15am at the Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd (at the intersection of Collingwood and Central). Note: the library opens at 9am; attendees should assemble quickly so the forum can start on time.

Each candidate will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • How could Toledo & you, as mayor, implement a CATCH court (Changing Actions To Change Habits) similar to Columbus’ highly successful CATCH court for women in prostitution?
  • Because there is an average of 6 sex buyers for every sex worker, how will you as mayor bring the arrest rates into balance for buyers and sellers?
  • We want to ensure that the city is not developing contracts with companies that may be involved in any form of labor trafficking. With you in the mayor’s office, would you work with city council and committees to make supply chains more transparent so that the city ensures that it is contracting with reputable companies who protect their worker’s rights?
  • As mayor, how would you be engaged with the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition? Would you attend meetings, send an aide, and/or agree to regular briefings by a coalition representative?

Audience members will be allowed to ask follow-ups and additional questions as time allows.

The coalition’s member-only meeting will continue after the forum. Guests are welcome to return to future coalition meetings to learn more about it and how to become a member.

The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition is comprised of health care, social service, law enforcement, government agencies, churches, citizens, and those that are or have been involved in the sex industry. Coalition members are working together to unite the community to combat human trafficking.