Portman set to release findings from Marion children trafficking case

Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold a hearing titled “Adequacy of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children from Human Trafficking.”

The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will unveil the results of its six-month investigation into shocking revelations that the federal government placed migrant children with a human trafficking ring in Ohio. The investigation was triggered by a federal indictment of labor traffickers whose victims included six migrant children placed with adult sponsors by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement—a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

“It was shocking to learn that multiple children placed by HHS fell victim to the terrible crime of human trafficking in Marion,” Portman stated. “That case led me to launch an investigation of the systemic vulnerabilities of the HHS child placement process to abuse by traffickers, and we intend to report the results of that investigation at this week’s hearing.”