Being so close to Downtown Columbus, having so many hotels, and having three interstates flowing into it, Grove City has become an easy hotspot for prostitution and sex trafficking, according to Fox28.

Grove City Police set up classic sting operation with a modern twist last summer— sex for hire ads have been increasing on Backpage.com, so police set up a fake ad and have dotted the city with decoy police officers.

The operation resulted in the arrests of 21 men during the sting in late December, charging them with solicitation.

While Grove City has seen an increase in prostitution ads, police told Fox28 that the issue isn’t isolated to Grove City, and ads can be found in Dublin and Hilliard as well.

This is all part of Ohio’s initiative to combat sex trafficking via the The Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force.

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