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Hilliard area massage parlor shuttered after allegations of prostitution, human trafficking

The Columbus City Attorney and Franklin County Sheriff announced their offices worked together to shut down a massage parlor that investigators say was a front for illegal sex acts. A months-long investigation revealed a pattern of prostitution at Sunflower Asian Spa in a Hilliard area strip mall. In a raid around 3 p.m. Wednesday, city […]

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7 women arrested for prostitution in Findlay

Seven women, including several from this area, have been arrested on prostitution charges as a result of an investigation this week by the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force. Those charged are from Findlay, Delphos, Delta, Toledo and Clayton, Michigan. The arrests were made Thursday at a local hotel after METRICH officers became aware of […]

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Chief deputy: Treatment, not arrest, best prescription for addiction

Every day, Sgt. Shawn Pak saw the damage heroin and opioids cause in his job at the Franklin County jail. And the deputy with the county sheriff’s office believed addicts were responsible for their own misery. “It was kind of businesslike, kind of a detached view,” Pak said. That view changed, though, when the brother […]

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Police raid massage parlor on West Fourth Street

Police reported they raided a massage parlor Wednesday afternoon at 1504 W. Fourth St. because of complaints of suspected prostitution and sexual-related activity at the business The business in question is Tuina Studio, according to a news release from the METRICH Enforcement Unit. A group of area pastors worked with law enforcement officials regarding complaints […]

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Five arrested in undercover human trafficking investigation

Five people were arrested after an undercover human trafficking investigation was conducted in Bluffton on Tuesday by the Hancock and Wood County sheriffs offices and Hancock-METRICH Criminal Task Force.

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