North Baltimore, 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

North Baltimore is a community of about 3,000 residents, situated between Bowling Green and Findlay along Interstate 75 in Wood County, Ohio. It is part of the Toledo Metropolitan Statistical Area. 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 sex buyer base of truckers, and also facilitates 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

Reverse Stings, Identity Disclosure:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

  • “12 Charged with Prostitution, Drugs in Sting in Northwood”, Toledo Blade, March 21 2013.

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

State Ohio
Type City
Population 3377
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