Major Sting Operation Leads to Over 160 Arrests

Major Sting Operation Leads to Over 160 Arrests

( – Ohio’s Attorney General says a crackdown on human trafficking has netted scores of suspects and rescued over 50 potential victims. It’s the biggest anti-modern slavery success in the state’s history, and the results have been spectacular.

On October 4, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R) announced that state, local and federal law enforcement agencies had completed Operation Ohio Knows, the state’s largest-ever sting operation targeted on human traffickers. In total, authorities arrested 161 people and rescued 51 victims from traffickers.

During the operation, undercover officers from over 100 agencies spoke with people looking for sex. During interactions, authorities assessed each situation to see if the suspect was willing to violate anti-trafficking laws. Those arrested included many middle-class professionals, including a college professor, a pilot and a teacher. The biggest catch was Elyria, OH City Councilman Mark Jessie (D).

AG Yost told reporters that it’s not possible to “arrest our way out of human trafficking,” but noted that arrests are still valuable as a deterrent. His priority is to reduce demand for trafficking by targeting buyers of sex, not sellers – who are often the victims of traffickers, not criminals themselves.

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