Cincinnati Police make major prostitution bust

(OVER-THE-RHINE, OH) -- Officers from the Cincinnati Police Department's Central Vice Control Section, in cooperation with District One officers, conducted a prostitution sting on Wednesday, May 21.

The sting focused on areas of the Over the Rhine neighborhood identified as "hot spots" for prostitution.  Officers made a total of 20 arrests.

"Johns" attempting to solicit prostitutes accounted for ten of the arrests, and prostitutes attempting to solicit "johns" accounted for three of the arrests.

These 13 individuals were arrested on misdemeanor soliciting charges.  Two individuals were arrested for Obstructing Official Business after interfering with police investigations; four individuals were arrested on open warrants; and one was arrested for a traffic-related charge.

Officers also seized six vehicles under Cincinnati's ordinance that imposes a $500 civil fine on individuals utilizing motor vehicles to commit prostitution-related offenses.

All 20 of the arrests were made or originated in District One's Over the Rhine neighborhood.

Report: Cincinnati Police