Operation ‘Fourth and Goal’ results in 104 arrests tied to sex trafficking

The Columbus Dispatch | Bethany Bruner

More than 100 people were arrested in central Ohio as part of a three-day operation targeting what state Attorney General Dave Yost said was “modern-day slavery.”

The operation, called “Fourth and Goal,” involved more than 30 law enforcement agencies across the state and social service agencies who focused on street prostitution, internet solicitation, crimes against children and human trafficking.

Yost said he understands that some may question why the actions of two seemingly consenting adults is the government’s business, but he “categorically rejects” that notion.

“You have no idea if that consent is genuine or if there’s someone in the next room or in the parking lot with a baseball bat or a knife or the next hit of heroin,” he said.

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