Sharonville, OH

Tactics Used

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

Sharonville is a city of approximately 14,000 residents, located just north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Prostitution is a well-documented problem in the city, and local experts estimate that the vast majority of persons engaged in selling sex are pimp-controlled, or have been victims of trafficking at some point.  In late 2007, guided by business owners’ complaints, the Sharonville Police Department conducted a series of reverse sting operations to crack down on prostitution activity in the city’s hotels. Between July 2007 and August 2008, a total of 16 prostitution-related arrests were made. In an interview for the National Assessment, officers from the neighboring Blue Ash Police Department confirmed that Sharonville has utilized several demand-driven tactics, including street-level reverse stings, web stings, and shaming. As residents of Hamilton County, Sharonville johns may also be subject to auto seizure and/or license suspension, depending upon the circumstances of their arrests.

State Ohio
Type City
Population 13402
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