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State Rep. McNally is introducing a bill that would require enhanced surveillance




State Rep. McNally Introduces Bill That Would Require Enhanced Surveillance – WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio







State Rep. McNally is introducing a bill that would require an improved surveillance system at rest areas

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Ohio has seen a dramatic increase in human trafficking-related prosecutions between 2011 and 2021.

Over the years, they have more than doubled, according to a report released in October 2023 by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

A new bill proposed by state Rep. Lauren McNally of Youngstown aims to combat human trafficking by adding new security cameras at more than 80 rest stops across the state.

“We want Ohio’s travelers and visitors to have a safe place to rest and take a break so they are refreshed and focused when they get back on the road. Cameras are a cost-effective tool to deter public safety and crime and we should encourage the state to fully implement them in these public spaces,” said McNally.

The bill also requires that the camera be properly maintained.

While primarily aimed at combating the rise of human trafficking in Ohio, the cameras can also help with other crimes. This includes stolen cars, drug use, sex crimes and thefts from cars, according to a news release from McNally’s office.

“The Ohio Association for Justice supports legislation that would require the installation of security cameras in parking lots at state-owned rest areas,” said Chris Patno, president of the Ohio Association for Justice. “Cameras can deter criminal activity, provide a security blanket for Ohio’s travelers and provide necessary evidence to prosecute crimes and harms such as human trafficking, tragic traffic problems and other random acts of violence.”

The bill now awaits assignment to a committee and an initial hearing for consideration.