DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force, working with the Butler Township and Vandalia Police Departments, arrested nine people on prostitution and drug-related charges following a sting.

The sting was a part of an ongoing human trafficking investigation. The operation started after law enforcement caught wind of prostitution-related advertisements that were posted on various websites.

Seven of the nine were arrested and charged with soliciting and criminal tools:

  • Jessica Berkman, 29
  • Rebecca Buchanan, 46
  • Joseph Lunne, 47
  • Kush Patel, 25
  • Lasasha Ruggles, 33
  • Lawrence Wellner, 63
  • Ivy Wilks, 37

Hassaun Brown, 43, was arrested and charged with promoting prostitution; while another person was arrested and charged for possession of drugs. The drug charges were later dropped.

All eight are currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail.