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$100,000 Spills From Armored Car; Passers-By Pocket Most of It So Far

Free MoneyWould you return the money that fell out of an armored car onto the street? Theodore Decker writes in the Columbus Dispatch:

More than $100,000 spilled out the back of an armored car in Whitehall yesterday, and most of it is still missing.

Police urged anyone who couldn’t resist temptation to reconsider before officers come calling.

Whitehall Sgt. Dan Kelso said a Garda armored car was eastbound on E. Broad Street at 8:20 a.m. yesterday when a bag of cash fell from the back into the intersection at Hamilton Road.

“It hit the ground and split open, and there was money all over the place,” Kelso said.

A unsecured door might have come open; police are investigating.

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Hundreds Forced into Labor and Sex Trade in Ohio Every Year

MATT LEINGANG writes in the Washington Post:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — About 1,000 American-born children are forced into the sex trade in Ohio every year and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited and pushed into sweatshop-type jobs, a new report on human trafficking in the state said Wednesday.

Ohio’s weak laws on human trafficking, its growing demand for cheap labor and its proximity to the Canadian border are key contributors to the illegal activity, according to a report by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission.

“Ohio is not only a destination place for foreign-born trafficking victims, but it’s also a recruitment place,” said Celia Williamson, an associate professor at the University of Toledo who led the research.

Formed last year by Ohio Attorney General Richard Condray, the commission also found that hundreds more in the state are at risk of being forced into sex trafficking or to work against their will in fields, restaurants, sweatshops or constructions sites.

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