LIBERTY — A Salem man was one of 14 arrested during a human trafficking operation in Trumbull County over the weekend.
Thomas Hendricks, 66, Salem, was charged with soliciting and possessing criminal tools.
According to WKBN First News, Liberty Township police conducted the operation with the Mahoning Valley Human Trafficking Task Force on Sunday. It targeted people who were trying to buy sex online.
“John stings deter those seeking to purchase sex — reducing the demand for human trafficking — and serve as a reminder that these crimes are more prevalent and closer to home than you may think,” said Attorney General Dave Yost. “Hats off to Chief Meloro and the Liberty Township Police Department on their successful operation.”
The following suspects were also arrested and charged with soliciting and possessing criminal tools: Willie Daniels Jr., 37, Youngstown; Saad Elamin, 43, Campbell; Omar Farooq, 37, Hermitage; Ryan Kirkpatrick, 26, residence unknown; Harry Krause, 63, Youngstown; Matthew Lennington, 28, Cortland; James Lohmier, 38, Boardman; Nick Mymo, 37, Niles; Brian O’Nora, 57, Youngstown; David Shaffer, 46, Mineral Ridge; William Shaw Sr., 58, Moyock, N.C.; Brian Van Divner, 54, New Franklin; Johnny Young, 55, Youngstown
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