Lake 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

Lake Township is a small community of approximately 11,000 residents, located in Wood County, Ohio in the Toledo metropolitan area. Its major prostitution and sex trafficking problems are associated with the town’s truck stops and proximity to several major interstates and state highways. Among the more serious problems associated with the local commercial sex market have been the homicide of three prostituted women in Lake Township truck stops (one each in 1990, 1996, and 2003). News reports of widespread truck stop prostitution in Lake Township and other communities in Wood County, Ohio date back to the 1970s, and have continued to appear through 2013. The highway routes provide a client base of truckers, and also facilitate the movement of sex trafficking victims and those engaged in prostitution. The truck stops provide a place for commercial sex to occur. Police have conducted periodic reverse stings at truck stops in Lake Township since 2010; stings leading to the arrest of prostituted persons date back to at least 1977.

State Ohio
Type City
Population 11404
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