COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — An administrator with the University of Dayton, two members of the Air Force and a professor with Indiana University were among the local catches in a week-long statewide human trafficking crackdown, according to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.
“Operation Buyer’s Remorse” sought to arrest those trying to buy sex and to identify survivors of human trafficking from Sept. 25-30, said Yost’s office. It was a statewide operation with a focus on the areas of Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown, Marietta and Portsmouth.
The crackdown caught 149 “johns” looking to buy sex from prostitutes. Two others were arrested for seeking sex with minors. Other arrests were made for promoting prostitution, illegal possession of narcotics and/or firearms, and outstanding warrants.
“Nearly 100 law enforcement agencies and service organizations participated in this operation – I am grateful for each and every partner who dedicated their time and resources, as we all play a key role in the fight against human trafficking,” Yost said.
According to the news release, the Montgomery County Human Trafficking Task Force’s sting operation targeting “johns” netted a UD administrator, a professor with Indiana University and two U.S. Air Force airmen.
Yost’s office reported that the operation led to 160 arrests through stings coordinated by human trafficking and major crimes task forces.
Those arrested came from all different backgrounds including EMTs, nurses, educators, retirees, former law enforcement officers, self-employed individuals, delivery drivers and others.
The youngest person arrested was 17 years old and the oldest was 84 years old.
During the operation, 104 survivors were interviewed and received services from healthcare and social service organizations.
Yost said, “Our message is simple: Don’t buy sex in Ohio!”