Ashtabula, OH

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Ashtabula, Ohio is a city of about 18,000 residents. It is on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, about midway between Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. At least seven street-level reverse stings have occurred in Ashtabula, between 2006 and 2015, in response to complaints from the community. Following each operation, the Ashtabula Police Department released the identities of those arrested to the media.

Key Partners

  • Ashtabula Police Department
    • Special Operations Group
  • Ashtabula Municipal Court

Key Sources

Street-Level Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

State Ohio
Type City
Population 17933
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