Northwood, OH

Tactics Used

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

Northwood is a city of approximately 5,000 residents, located just outside of Toledo in Wood County, Ohio.  Prostitution and sex trafficking are well-documented problems in the city and surrounding areas.  To combat demand for commercial sex, at least three reverse stings have occurred in the city. For example, in February and March 2013, officers from the Northwood Police Department and Wood County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the Ohio Department of Criminal Identification and Investigation and FBI Human Trafficking Task Force, conducted two web-based stings targeting both sex buyers and prostituted women at Northwood hotels.  Ten men were arrested in these operations.  Some of the “transactions” were caught on police surveillance tape.  Police noted that “information [obtained] from a similar arrest [in Perrysburg Township in February 2013] helped lead to the bust.”  Undercover operations began in the area “after complaints of prostitution at a North Baltimore truck stop.”  The department took training on stopping prostitution and found out locally, there were many online “escorts” advertised. In 2011 law-enforcement officials started running prostitution solicitation investigations



Key Partners

  • Northwood Police Department
  • Wood County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
  • FBI Human Trafficking Task Force
State Ohio
Type City
Population 5265
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