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Woman Held By Columbus Police Jumps To Her Death

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12, 2014

Police in Columbus say a 27-year-old woman being questioned in a prostitution and drug investigation jumped to her death from a third-floor hotel window.

Prosecutor Says Slain Pregnant Mom Was Prostitute

A Delaware county prosecutor says a pregnant, young mother of two turned to prostitution to make ends meet.
December 12, 2013

An Ohio prosecutor says a pregnant woman who was raped and killed last year had turned to prostitution to make ends meet and died after answering a Craigslist ad offering $200.

Columbus Targeting ‘Johns’ To Fight Prostitution

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August 1, 2013

Columbus Police say they’ve traditionally fought prostitution with undercover cops arresting prostitutes . But that’s changing.

Jury Selection Begins In Somali Gang Case

12 of the 30 suspects named in a far-reaching federal indictment.
20, 2012

More than a dozen people who are accused in a sex trafficking ring run by Somali gangs that reached from Minnesota into Ohio and Tennessee face trial beginning today in Nashville.

Ohio’s Child Sex Trafficking Problem

A poster in Thailand tries to draw attention to the child trafficking problem.
12, 2012

Despite being ranked one of the worst states in the nation for human trafficking, the crime only became a felony last year.

Franklin County Sting Nets 38 Prostitution Arrests

The sting was led by the office's Special Investigations Unit.
January 11, 2012

The investigation targeted prostitutes and clients using hotels along the I-270 and Rt. 23 corridor.

Recovering Prostitutes’ Bodies, Souls Nourished By Unlikely Source

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M&M cookies, similar to the ones Mrs. Smathers made for the girls at CATCH court.
28, 2011

A retired couple from Nelsonville has taken unconditional love and volunteerism to new heights. Each week, they drive almost two hours to the Franklin County Courthouse to help former prostitutes turn around their lives. WOSU reports on the love the couple and the women have found over home-cooked meals.

Unconventional Court Helps Prostitutes Regain Lives

A woman stands before Judge Paul Herbert. She is in jail for solicitation. Judge Herbert just accepted her into CATCH Court, a two-year intense recovery program for women involved in sex trafficking. The other women are current CATCH Court participants.
March 1, 2011

Prostitution is often called a victimless crime. Some see women as the problem. But human trafficking advocates say most prostitutes are threatened and coerced to have sex for someone else’s profit. In part two of a two-part series, WOSU reports a new law and unconventional court is helping former prostitutes regain their lives.

Advocates: Sex Trafficking Prominent in Central Ohio

28, 2011

Human trafficking…at first thought, visions of women from foreign countries locked up in basements in big cities like Washington, D.C. may come to mind. But human trafficking can happen anywhere and to anyone.

Ohio Supreme Court Hears Child Prostitution Case

18, 2008

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a case involving child prostitution.