Prostitution bust: Summit Co. investigators, FBI arrest six at Springfield Township Red Roof Inn

Posted at 4:27 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 16:37:04-04

Summit County investigators and the FBI worked together to make six arrests at the Red Roof Inn on Arlington Road Monday night.

"There's a lot of people in town for the golf classic. The hotel we were at was sold out," said Inspector Bill Holland with the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Their operation is part of a concerted effort to crack down on human trafficking — a problem statewide and across the country.

"We are at the point in the investigation where we try to determine, through interviews and investigation, if they are being forced into the sex trade," Inspector Holland said.

It's too early to tell if that's the case with any of the six women arrested.

According to police reports, all six women posted ads on a website called for "women seeking men."

Backpage is under fire as recent legislation in the Senate ensures websites that knowingly facilitate criminal trafficking can be held liable.

"It is online, but like with anything else, it's still some old fashioned ways. People passing out flyers, word of mouth," Inspector Holland explained.

The six arrested in Springfield Township are now facing soliciting and obstruction of justice charges.