Macedonia is a city of about 11,000 residents in Summit County, Ohio, in the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area. Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-established problems in the region. Among the tactics used to combat these problems are those focusing on reducing consumer level demand for commercial sex. For example, in December 2014, Macedonia police said that in addition to arresting women on prostitution charges at Highland Road motels, they had begun targeting prospective clients, arresting nine men on charges of solicitation over four hours at a motel where they set up a sting operation December 5. One of the men, a 67-year-old North Canton resident, was also charged with fourth-degree felony trafficking in drugs because he offered to pay the department’s confidential informant with his prescription Xanax. The other eight men were charged with solicitation, a third-degree misdemeanor. The department used an informant to place an ad on the escort section of backpage.com the previous day, and within one day, the department got 170 responses from prospective clients who either texted or phoned to inquire about the informant’s “services.” The men who were arrested had arranged to meet for sex or solicited sex at the motel.
- Macedonia Police Department
Web-Based Reverse Sting, Shaming:
- http://www.mytownneo.com/news/20141214/macedonia-police-arrest-nine-men-in-prostitution-sting (2014)
- http://www.mytownneo.com/article/20141210/NEWS/312109323 (2014)
- http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2014/09/kent_woman_accused_of_prostitu.html (2014)
- http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2014/11/aurora_man_accused_of_organizi.html (2014)