Due to many reports, a planned sting operation to take out and arrest human traffickers dubbed Operation Autumn Hope, arrested 177 traffickers and saved 109 trafficking victims, which 45 were missing children.
U.S. Marshals closed over 80 missing children cases because of the help of Operation Autumn Hope. It was a smart strategy used by law enforcement to bring many other law enforcement officials and social service agencies to take down this operation.
Due to the amount of how many were arrested and the number of victims rescued, this has been the largest human trafficking bust in the entire history of Ohio.
“The success of Operation Autumn Hope is measured not only in the number of arrests but in the lives that were rescued from this evil,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. “Every agency on this team looks for the day when no person is bought and sold in Ohio. Don’t buy sex in Ohio!”