Nathaniel Young is a proud Marine Corps veteran and a 29-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department. His service with CPD includes; Criminal Apprehension Team, Mountain Bike Patrol, Marine Patrol, Patrol Rifle Team, Rescue Swimmer and Swift Water Recovery Team, and Human Trafficking Task Force.

For more than 15 years, Nathaniel has been part of the CPD Vice Squad. He is responsible for countless investigations leading to the successful prosecution of prostitution offenses, liquor offenses, gambling offenses and Human Trafficking investigations.

He was nominated for the Herman Goldstein Award at the International Problem Oriented Police Conference, for his successful work in addressing an embedded “street” prostitution environment. Nathaniel’s efforts resulted in a collaboration with Judge Heather Russell, to develop and implement C.H.A.N.G.E. Court. C.H.A.N.G.E. stands for Changing Habits and Setting New Goals is Empowering.

C.H.A.N.G.E. is a specialized Court serving the needs of those charged with prostitution and related offenses and victims of sex trafficking. It is a judicial based program providing a “360 degree wrap around” treatment program, leading to individual independence. Nathaniel also presented to The Ohio House of Representatives – Criminal Justice Committee, in support of House Bill 431 – Creating a Sexual Exploitation Database.

He was recently charged with presenting a training class to all members of the Cincinnati Police Department on the subject of Human Trafficking.  The training was specific to; the realistic expectations of uniformed patrol encounters with Human Trafficking, street level prostitution and the connectivity to Human Trafficking, C.H.A.N.G.E. Court and the general reset of CPD’s enforcement efforts for all Vice related matters.

Course Description: The Forgotten Women of Human Trafficking

More than a decade ago the United States started its campaign for Human Trafficking awareness. To drive awareness, attention was focused on the most riveting cases of modern-day slavery. Young women kidnapped from malls. Women transported in shipping containers into the U.S. from abroad and sold into sex slavery. These heinous crimes against women happen and they are an international problem.

But there are victims of human trafficking who have been forgotten, ignored and unseen. Hear “Nikki’s” story. A young lady who could be your neighbor, a family friend or a relative. She is a woman who succumbed to addiction and turned to a life of prostitution.

The perception is these women are willing participants in this “lifestyle”. They’re not willing participants. They’re victims preyed upon by the same kind of evil as those who kidnap and sell women.

Listen to “Nikki’s” side of the story. Learn to pick-up on warning signs. Find out how to help these forgotten women of human trafficking.