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7 people charged in Springfield Township human trafficking sting

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 18:01:51-05

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Springfield Township police made seven arrests in connection with a human trafficking sting that took place at a hotel Thursday night.

According to Sgt. Eric East, investigators arranged to meet with women, who were suspected human trafficking victims, through a website called Skip the Games.

East said eight women showed up at the hotel. The women were given the chance to meet with victim advocates.

East said two men and five women are facing various charges which include soliciting prostitution, promoting prostitution and drug possession.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office, the Cuyahoga Regional Human Trafficking Task Force and the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking assisted with the investigation.

Police did not name the hotel because they said the management cooperated with the sting.

Springfield Township police plan to release more details on this developing story later today.