Forty-five missing children were rescued and 179 people arrested in one of the largest human sex trafficking operations in US history.
Ohio attorney general David Yost said 109 survivors were recovered as part of operation “Autumn Hope”, which involved more than 50 law enforcement agencies conducting simultaneous raids across the state.
The three-day sting across Columbus saw US Marshalls and undercover officers rescue children in Cuyahoga, Franklin and Lucas counties, including a 14-year-old girl reported missing from Cleveland and a 15-year-old girl reported missing from Lancaster about six hours earlier.
Another 15-year-old child boy, who was wanted on warrants for multiple shootings and homicide, was arrested with a loaded gun, officials said. More missing children were recovered in West Virginia during a traffic stop.