Willoughby, 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

Willoughby is a city in Lake County, located in northern Ohio near Cleveland, and has a population of approximately 24,000 residents. Prostitution is a documented problem in the city and has been linked to other crimes. In one case, a man fleeing a prostitution sting assaulted an officer and rammed a police vehicle with his own.

In February 2013, Willoughby Police Department officers targeted sex buyers for arrest by conducting a web-based reverse sting. Officers placed an online ad featuring a 20-year-old woman offering prostitution and arrested 12 men who responded and appeared at a hotel to buy sex. The men were between 26 and 64 years of age and were from cities like Beachwood, Rocky River, North Royalton, Hudson, and Mentor, to name a few. All were charged with misdemeanor solicitation. The names, ages, and mugshots of the men arrested were publicly released in the weeks following the operation.

Key Partners

  • Willoughby Police Department

Key Sources

Web-Based Reverse Stings:

Identity Disclosure:

Sex Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation in the Area:

Background on Prostitution in the Area:

Documented Violence Against Individuals Engaged in Prostitution in the Area:

State Ohio
Type City
Population 23898
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