Law enforcement officials in Ohio say that they have arrested 104 individuals as part of a trafficking and online child sex sting.
The operation, which was conducted in central Ohio, targeted three counties: Franklin, Fairfield, and Delaware. 24 men were arrested as part of the online child sex sting, including a youth pastor and a doctor. Among the other arrests were, 36 men for trying to buy sex, one man for promoting prostitution, and 43 women for selling sex.
“This four-part simultaneous operation involved more than 30 law enforcement agencies,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, announcing the operation Friday.
“Criminals involved in trafficking other human beings prey upon those individuals that are already at risk, subjecting them to prostitution and addiction,” Yost said. “Predators who seek to harm our children and grandchildren are not hiding in the bushes, they’re lurking on the internet.”
“Please talk to your children,” said Tucker. “Please know what they’re doing online. Set the rules. Be the parent. Be the parent. Know who they’re talking to. You’re entitled to ask. You’re entitled to know. The children need to know, you can’t trust everybody. Not every adult is trustworthy.”