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Prostitution and human trafficking arrests made during All-Star Game events

“Here’s a billboard for sexual predators: Don’t buy sex in Ohio,” Attorney General Dave Yost said in a news release.

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Almost 50 people were arrested as part of human trafficking operations during the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities in Cleveland.

The Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley announced Thursday the two successful operations, which resulted in the arrest of three Lorain County residents, along with several from Cuyahoga and surrounding counties.

Operation Homerun, a prostitution demand initiative, resulted in the arrest of 21 people for soliciting for prostitution. Those arrested include Ron Mitchell, 52, of Avon.

Operation Triple Play, an initiative that focused on those seeking sex from minors, resulted in the arrest of 28 people, including Luis Ponciano, 23, of Lorain and Aaron Hawley, 30, of Sheffield.

“Here’s a billboard for sexual predators: Don’t buy sex in Ohio,” Yost said in a news release. “There’s no safe haven for these crimes in our state, and my office and local law enforcement partners are committed to keeping it that way.”

Operation Homerun was conducted by the Attorney General’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force. Operation Triple Play was led by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

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