Butler Township, 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

Butler Township is a community in Montgomery County, Ohio, with a population of about 8,000 residents. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of the county. This activity and the problems and ancillary crimes it generates result in complaints to law enforcement agencies from residents and businesses.

Consumer-level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies as a strategy for prevention and response. For example, in February 2016 a web-based reverse sting was conducted in Butler Township. Six sex buyers were arrested and their identities were released to news outlets. Undercover officers used website advertisements to attract people willing to engage in prostitution, and the arrests occurred at a hotel on Miller Lane. A group of local agencies called R-Storm, which formed to help each other with manpower issues, conducted the operation.

In July 2021, nine people were arrested in a sting conducted by the Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force, along with the Butler Township and Vandalia Police Departments. The sting was part of an ongoing human trafficking investigation that began when law enforcement became aware of prostitution-related advertisements posted on various website. Seven people were charged with soliciting prostitution and possession of criminal tools, one was charged with promoting prostitution, and another was charged with possession of drugs. Their names and ages were released to the public.

Key Partners

  • Butler Township Police Department
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • R-Storm
  • Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force
  • Vandalia Police Department
State Ohio
Type City
Population 7863
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