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Prostitution sting shows human trafficking issue

WOOD COUNTY, OH (WTOL) – One man was in court Monday after a prostitution sting caused six people to face charges.

Michael Noble pled guilty to charges of soliciting, and the Wood County sheriff's office says that cases like this will help fight larger issues in the county, such as human trafficking.

The sheriff thinks that people in the community should take a special interest in human trafficking, and hopes that a crackdown on prostitution will make criminals think twice before bringing the sex trade to the area.

The sheriff's department runs stings every six weeks to discourage this kind of illegal activity, especially because of all the truck stop and interstates in the area.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says that the crime goes beyond those involved directly:

"There are a lot of drugs that go with the prostitution, other crimes go here.  Recently up in Detroit there were prostitutes that were hired and then murdered. And again, we don't need those types of crimes, that type of violence going on in our community."

The Bowling Green prosecutor says that the others involved in last week's sting will go through municipal court.

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