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critical CONCERN CONTINUES for HIGH NUMBER OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASES IN OHIO
Ohio has been known for sometime as a hub for human trafficking. Sex traffickerswork the Detroit to New York routes taking advantage of the Turnpike across Northern Ohio. Toledo has been the focus of several investigations into human trafficking,. Central Ohio including rural counties like Holmes and Coshocton Counties have seen upticks in the number of human trafficking for labor investigations. SW Ohio near Cincinnati and the 75 North South corridor that drug dealers havce used for decades for shipments out of country, through Miami and to Detroit and into Canada has also been linked to human trafficking. Where drugs are found, trafficking is close behind.
The Huron County Office of Emergency Management confirmed that in Sandusky, Ohio just now supspects driving a white van are being sought. The vehicle has been frequenting the Kohl's and Walmart stores in that city are suspected of attempting to kidnap a young female shopping with her mother in Kohl's. The aware mom took steps to verify they were being followed in the store and then notified store management that walked them safely to their vehicle.
Ohio ranks 4th out of all 50 states in human trafficking prevalence. Toledo is the fourth-highest ranking human trafficking site in the nation according to Sr. Mary Kuhlman of Sisters in Shelter. In the U.S. 100,000 kids are trafficked in the sex trade annually.
2,789 youths born in OHIO are at risk for commercial sex trafficking while another 3, 437 foreign-born OHIO citizens are at risk for labor and/or sex trafficking according to the Sisters in Shelter website.
SCI volunteers its services to assist law enforcement and Operation Found Safe in helping to locate and return children to a place of safety.
Sr. Kuhlman's advice is right on target: SEE SOMETHING? - SAY SOMETHING!
posted 7 Jan 19
Revised 24 Jan 2020
US Girds for Cyber Threats from Iran as Military Clash Fears Ebb
Further information at: Military.com (follow the link)
17 Jan 2020
Agence France Presse | By Rob Lever
Iran is widely expected to ramp up cyberattacks against the United States in response to the U.S. killing of a top Iranian leader this month even as fears have receded about a military confrontation between the two countries.
The simmering tensions since the U.S. drone attack that killed Qasem Soleimani, who was by some measures the second most influential person in Iran, make it likely that Iran will seek retaliation.
While Iran appeared to be "standing down" from a military response, according to US President Donald Trump, the cyber threat remains real, said analysts.
"Cyber is the easiest way Iran can have a direct effect on the U.S. homeland," said Jon Bateman, a former Pentagon intelligence official who is a cyber policy fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
"I don't think we should believe everything is over."
Bateman said Iran has pulled back some of its cyber efforts against the United States in recent years but "has a lot of tools in its toolkit" which could be used against America or U.S. allies.
These could include attacks on infrastructure such as electric or water utilities, ransomware which can be used to destroy or delete data from a company or government entity, or disinformation on social media aimed at sowing discord ahead of the US election, Bateman said.
Israel-Iran conflict to be major
Middle East issue in 2020
Neither Iran or Israel may seek war. But a diplomatic breakdown after the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, strategic errors and a military buildup make a direct conflict — even an inadvertent one — more likely.
Story and photo courtesy DW.com
Tensions between Israel and Iran have increased since President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action— the 2015 accord to wind back Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief — in 2018.
European signatories to the JCPOA have been unable to effectively lift the renewed embargoes on trade with Iran, prompting Tehran to gradually restart uranium enrichment as the deal crumbled in mid-2019. Meanwhile, tit-for-tat confrontations on Iranian and US proxies in the Persian Gulf, along with Israeli attacks on Iranian proxies in Syria and Iraq, have escalated.
Israel and Iran have been antagonists since the 1980s. But, after the US's 2003 invasion of Iraq and the formal withdrawal of American troops in 2011, the regional balance of power was broken, leaving the Middle East without a clear hegemon. That created a vacuum that has brought the countries into increasing conflict.
Despite their aggressive rhetoric, officials in neither country seek an all-out, direct war. But differences in perception, deteriorating commitment to the vestiges of the JCPOA, and the vagaries of elections in Israel, Iran and the US all ratchet up the prospect that an inadvertent clash could escalate the conflict.
Ali Vaez, an Iran analyst for the International Crisis Group, told DW that the conflict has become "a screw that only turns in one direction, getting tenser and tenser over time."
"There are serious risks of miscalculation that could push the parties into even greater and more direct confrontation," Vaez said.