North Baltimore, OH

Tactics Used

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

North Baltimore is a community of about 3,500 residents, situated between Bowling Green and Findlay along Interstate-75 in Wood County, Ohio. Its prostitution and sex trafficking problems have been associated with its proximity to major highways and to the Toledo metro population.  News reports of widespread truck stop prostitution in North Baltimore and other communities along the I-75 corridor date back to the 1970s. The highway route provides a client base of truckers, and also facilitate the movement of the supply of trafficked and prostituted persons. Truck stops and motels provide places for commercial sex to occur.  The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has conducted periodic reverse stings in North Baltimore since at least 2010; stings leading to the arrest of prostituted persons date back to at least 1977.

Key Sources

State Ohio
Type City
Population 3362
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