SANDUSKY COUNTY, Ohio — 15 individuals were arrested on prostitution charges in Sandusky County on Wednesday as part of an investigation hoping to locate victims of human trafficking.
The arrests were made after authorities received information that activities involving prostitution were occurring in Sandusky County.
Detectives with the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office developed the operation with the goal of locating victims of human trafficking and arresting those responsible, according to a press release from Sandusky County Sheriff Christopher Hilton.
The arrests took place at an undisclosed location in Sandusky County, where authorities say 15 people were arrested.
41-year-old Darryl Price, of Toledo, was charged with one misdemeanor count of promoting prostitution, according to jail records.
In addition to Price, 19-year-old Ashley Campbell, of Battle Creek, Michigan, was charged with one misdemeanor count of prostitution.
13 others were charged in the investigation, according to Hilton. Three others were arrested for outstanding warrants, one of which was a felony warrant.
Charges for those not yet booked into the Sandusky County Jail include: prostitution, soliciting prostitution, and promoting prostitution.
Potential charges for possession of drugs and possession of drug abuse instruments against several individuals are pending, Hilton said in the release.
Hilton said prostitution brings with it the potential for numerous other crimes including rape, assault, drug abuse, robbery, human trafficking and homicide.
The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the Fremont Police Department, Sandusky County Drug Task Force, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force.