Ohio authorities conducted the most major anti-human-trafficking operation in the state: Operation Ohio Knows. One hundred sixty-one individuals in Ohio’s largest sex sting have been seized and 10 missing children have been found. The suspects were reportedly looking to buy sex. Among those seized were a city council member, a home improvement contractor, a pilot, and a firefighter.
The pilot earned more than $200,000 annually but haggled to have sexual intercourse diminished to $15. Another suspect was detained by law enforcement accompanied by a 2-year-old in the car. According to Attorney General David Yost at a press conference on Monday, he shakes his head and is dumbfounded by the narratives of the suspects.
He added, “It happens everywhere. A professor, a city council member. This is not something that happens down the hood in a city. It’s in every county, it’s in every town,” reported Newsweek.
Yost on Reducing the Demand
Yost also declared on Monday that the statewide sex sting was a triumph.
Yost stated at the Statehouse that the simple motive behind people trafficking other people is money. He continued that there is no demand when there will be no market. He was joined by social service organizations and law enforcement agencies’ leaders. Yost added that diminishing the demand translates that they will diminish the total of individuals that are slaves to human trafficking, reported Scioto Valley Guardian.
The attorney stated they give up until no individual in Ohio buys or sells humans.
Three of the individuals detained sought to buy sexual intercourse with minors. Law enforcement officers also seized people who bear firearms and/or drugs.