Bowling Green, OH

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Bowling Green is a city of about 30,000 located on the southern outskirts of the Toledo metropolitan area, along route 75.   The Bowling Green Police Department and Wood County Sheriff’s Office have collaborated on web-based reverse stings, and have publicly  identified those arrested – distributing their names, ages, town of residence, and photos to the media.  A reverse sting in November 2012 resulted in the arrest of 12 johns.  Another reversal in April 2013 resulted in the arrest of four johns.  Operations in May and June 2013 resulted in the arrests of five and four sex buyers, respectively.  In the 2013 reversals, the operations included participation from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification, Lake Police Department, Perrysburg Police Department, and Ottawa County.

Key Partners

  • Bowling Green Police Department
  • Wood County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bureau of Criminal Identification
  • Lake Police Department
  • Perrysburg Police Department
  • Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
State Ohio
Type City
Population 29884
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