Springfield Township is one of the twelve townships within Hamilton County, Ohio. It is located in the Cincinnati metro area in southern Ohio, and its population is roughly 36,000. Prostitution activity has been well-documented in the city and surrounding communities, and in unincorporated areas of Hamilton County. Consumer-level demand provides the revenue stream for all prostitution and sex trafficking, and has therefore been targeted by local law enforcement agencies in their strategy for prevention and response. For example, in 2017, the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office conducted a collaborative human trafficking operation in Springfield Township that resulted in the arrest of 14 people on drug and prostitution charges. The Sheriff’s Office worked with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force on the operation, which was conducted in September at a hotel in Springfield Township. Those arrested were charged with a variety of offenses, including promoting prostitution, soliciting, and drug-related charges.
- Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
- Lucas County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Office
- Wood County Sheriff’s Office
- FBI Child Exploitation Task Force
Web-Based Reverse Sting:
- https://www.news5cleveland.com/prostitution-investigators-fbi-arrest-six-springfield-township (2017)
Background on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- “‘Bachelor Party’ Ends in 4 Arrests”, Cincinnati Post, January 12 1995.
- “Police Arrest Six in Escort Sting”, Cincinnati Post, March 27 1995.
- “Blue Ash Police Sting Busts 2 Escort Services”, Cincinnati Post, March 28 1995.
- https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13689477/the_cincinnati_enquirer/ (2013)
- “Fox 19 Investigates: Hometown Hookers”, FOX/WXIX-TV 19, November 25 2013.
- https://popcenter.asu.edu/sites/default/files/mcmicken_path_project_cincinnati_pd.pdf (2015)
- https://www.cincinnati.com/two-men-face-27-felonies-blue-ash-prostitution-case (2016)
- http://www.fox19.com/story/men-facing-multiple-charges-in-blue-ash-prostitution-case/ (2016)
- https://www.wlwt.com/article/4-people-indicted-in-human-trafficking-case-at-blue-ash-hotel (2016)
- https://www.wcpo.com/blue-ash/two-people-arrested-in-connection-with-multi-state-theft-ring (2017)
- https://local12.com/news/local/prostitution-bust-at-blue-ash-massage-parlor-cincinnati-hamilton-county (2019)
- https://www.wlwt.com/article/was-human-trafficking-at-core-of-blue-ash-massage-parlor-raid ? (2019)