Hilliard, 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

In April 2021, Hilliard Police participated in another sting coordinated through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office called “Operation 614,” which involved more than 20 law enforcement agencies and nongovernmental partners. According to reports, the Hilliard operation involved police using three adjacent rooms at a local hotel. The first room worked as a stage in which a female undercover officer posing as a prostituted woman would arrange to meet with suspected sex buyers. The room was equipped with cameras and microphones to record the undercover officer and suspected sex buyers. The second room consisted of more than a dozen officers who texted suspected sex buyers and monitored the audio and video surveillance from the first room. They communicated with officers in the parking lot who tried to get license plate numbers to get more information on potential sex buyers. The third room is where the handcuffed suspects were processed. Arrested sex buyers were photographed, booked, and given a summons to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court. As a result of the operation, seven Hilliard men between the ages of 29 and 67 were among the 93 sex buyers arrested for solicitation during the two-day operation. This operation was conducted in response to the creation of a new charge, engaging in prostitution, a first-degree misdemeanor, which became effective on April 12, 2021, under House Bill 431. Under the new law, individuals arrested for sex buying were required to attend an education and treatment program aimed at preventing a person from inducing, enticing, or procuring another to engage in sexual activity for hire.

Key Partners

  • Hilliard Police Department
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Franklin County ICAC Task Force
  • Franklin County HOPE Task Force
  • Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Franklin County CATCH Court
  • Ohio Attorney General’s Office
    • Bureau of Criminal Investigation
  • Columbus Division of Police
  • Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission
  • Mahoning County Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dublin Police Department
  • Austintown Police District
  • Grove City Police Department
  • Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Powell Police Department
  • Independence Police Department
  • Southeast Mental Health Addiction Services
  • Salvation Army
  • Columbus Public Health
  • Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office
  • Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ohio Investigative Unit
  • Cuyahoga Regional Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Columbus City Attorney
  • U.S. Attorney for Southern Ohio
  • Fairfield County Prosecutor’s Office
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Sting, Cameras, Identity Disclosure:

John School:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

State Ohio
Type City
Population 37023
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