The Imagine Foundation came together three years ago when Clevelander Jesse Bach stepped up to help Nepalese children being sold into slavery. The 15 girls rescued as a result of his efforts came to be known as “The Cleveland 15.”
Now Imagine is turning its attention to human trafficking in Northeast Ohio. Its newly released study on local online sex ads includes the not-quite-a-revelation that most sex-for-sale transactions occur near big freeway intersections with hotels. Around these parts, the headboards are shaking most at I-77 and Rockside Road, and I-271 in Beachwood. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
“We aren’t against prostitution in any way, shape, or form,” Bach says. “However, the moment it goes from voluntary to forced — that’s where we want to interject.”