Lake Township, OH

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Lake Township is a small community of approximately 26,000 residents, located in the Toledo, Ohio metropolitan area.  Its major prostitution and sex trafficking problems are associated with the town’s truck stops and and proximity to several major interstate 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 truckstops provide a place for commercial sex to occur.  Police have conducted periodic reverse stings at truckstops in Lake Township since 2010; stings leading to the arrest of prostituted persons date back to at least 1977.

State Ohio
Type City
Population 25892
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