The major population center of Franklin County is the city of Columbus, Ohio. In response to community complaints about prostitution, and instances of sex trafficking, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has targeted demand by conducting reverse stings, and publicizing the identities of the arrested sex buyers. Some of the reverse stings have been conducted in cities and towns, and others in unincorporated areas of the county. The operations in incorporated cities are sometimes conducted in collaboration with agencies such as Columbus Police Department. A joint sting/reverse sting operation in 2012 resulted in the arrest of 54 people accused of soliciting for prostitution and related crimes. Nine of those arrested were sex buyers. Members of the sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) conducted a two-day operation aimed at curbing prostitution on various streets throughout Franklin County on Oct. 23 and 24. Investigators had received complaints and concerns regarding specific areas where sexual activity for hire has become a problem. The Sheriff said the operation targeted traditional “streetwalkers,” as well as johns who solicit for prostitution throughout the areas of Franklinton, Merion Village, Linden, Clinton Township, Prairie Township, and near the Hollywood Casino.
- Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
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- Background on local sex trafficking, prostitution: