Hamilton is a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio with a population of 62,000. A wide range of problems are linked to the local prostitution market, including the assault and robbery of prostituted women and the johns who hire them.
Vice officers of the Hamilton Police Department routinely conducts street level prostitution stings, often in response to complaints from residents. Those that are arrested have their name, photos, and other identifying information shared on the media, and may have their vehicles impounded. For example, in June 2011, a joint sting/reverse sting produced the arrest of 11 people suspected of prostitution-related crimes. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office initiated an undercover action on East Avenue through the afternoon and into the evening. Eight women and three men were charged with soliciting, a third-degree misdemeanor. All were arraigned Thursday in city Municipal Court, where the cases were continued. The Sheriff’s Office said the neighborhood was plagued by blatant prostitution and they orchestrated the crackdown after receiving repeated complaints from neighbors. Hamilton police also do regular solicitation sweeps, and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office had teamed up previously, and deputies regularly help out area departments throughout the county to conduct stings.
- Hamilton Police Department
- Vice Department
- Butler County Regional Drug Task Force
- Butler County Sheriff’s Office
- Reverse stings:
- Background on local prostitution: