Perrysburg Township is a community of approximately 20,000 residents, located south of Toledo near Perrysburg in Wood County, Ohio. Situated along Interstate-75, the township has struggled with prostitution and sex trafficking activity in and around local truck stops and motels for decades. When asked by members of the press what led officers to target sex buyers in addition to prostituted women, a sheriff’s detective stated “[the WCSO is] trying to solve the human trafficking problem here and get the younger girls out of these situations… it’s a part of a larger problem here in Northwest Ohio.”
To address these issues, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office has conducted at least two prostitution busts in the township that resulted in the arrest of multiple johns. The first operation, conducted in late June 2012, was conducted just days after sheriff’s deputies arrested an unknown number of individuals in the township during Operation Cross Country, an FBI-led national anti-sex trafficking initiative conducted annually.
It is unclear if the WCSO consciously targeted sex buyers and/or employed the use of decoys to intercept offenders during the two “busts” in question (held in May and June 2012), as the details of the operations were not released. We have chosen to include the efforts on this site, as each of the operations netted four or more johns. Following the arrests, the names, ages, and mugshots of each of the offenders were publicized by local media outlets.
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- Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area: