Huron County is a county located at the northern tip of “the Thumb,” a sub region of Mid Michigan. The county’s population is about 32,000. Prostitution and sex trafficking activity have been well-documented in county, and the problems and ancillary crimes they generate 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 September 2010, two men were arrested in an undercover prostitution sting in Huron County. One of the men was the former head football coach at Firelands High School; charges against both men were eventually dismissed, due to the key witness for the prosecution fleeing the area. The men were arrested at a Norwalk motel, after it was raided in the culmination of a prostitution investigation. The two men had allegedly met a woman through a Web site and arranged the motel meeting, where they were arrested after paying for prospected sexual activity, which was to include dog cages, dog bowls and dog collars. The woman had been staying at the home of a man in Greenwich Township; the man was also arrested and charged with managing a brothel, which is a felony in Michigan. For the case to be prosecuted, deputies needed the witness to testify, and with her fleeing, they had to drop the charges. It was reported that she may have fled to avoid testifying, and might have fled to Virginia by bus. The soliciting prostitution charges for the two men were misdemeanors.
In August 2015, a man was arrested and was charged with soliciting prostitution during an incident response and investigation by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. The Huron County Central Dispatch received a call from a man stating that he and his father were in pursuit of a female, who had just robbed his father of over $600 in cash. The incident was reported to have begun at a gas station in Bad Axe and eventually ended at Gott’s Corners in Lake Township. Huron County deputies were assisted by the Bad Axe City Police, the Elkton Village Police and the Caseville City Police. The two had met and decided to go to a parking lot at the Huron Medical Center and eventually took a short ride; while returning back to the Medical Center, the female grabbed a money clip that the Minden City man was in possession of, which contained over $600 in cash. Through further investigation, it was uncovered that a monetary agreement had been made for a sexual favor and the female suspect decided to take all of the man’s cash. The woman was arrested for felony robbery and misdemeanor prostitution charges; the man was arrested on misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution. The male suspect posted a $3,500/10 percent bond night and was released from the custody of the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. While the arrest of the sex buyer was not the result of a proactive reverse sting, the identity of the arrested man was publicly released.
- Huron County Sheriff’s Office
- Bad Axe City Police Department
- Elkton Village Police Department
- Caseville City Police Department
Shaming of Arrested Sex Buyer:
- http://www.chroniclet.com/news/2010/11/26/Sex-sting-charge-against-former-Firelands-coach-dropped.html (2010)
- http://www.norwalkreflector.com/News/2010/11/25/Prostitution-case-involving-football-coach-is-dismissed (2010)
- https://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/Two-arrested-in-local-prostitution-theft-case-7265733.php (2015)
Background on Local Prostitution: